Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:09 pm 
Bronze RLFANS Member
Bronze RLFANS Member

Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:57 am
Posts: 3238
Australia, New Zealand, England and Tonga, Rugby League’s 4 Powerhouse Nations will be kept apart in 4 separate groups in the 2021 World Cup. What a terrible decision. The 2017 format was ideal and should have been kept.

https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/95/rug ... nouncement

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:34 pm 
Bronze RLFANS Member
Bronze RLFANS Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:17 am
Posts: 4499
Location: Cheshire, it's Lancashire really
Might as well start with the Semi-finals.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:36 pm 
Free-scoring winger
Free-scoring winger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 pm
Posts: 1917
The 2017 format was ridiculous. Two groups of 4 with 3 progressing and 2 groups of 3 with just 1 progressing. How is that ideal?

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:43 pm 
Bronze RLFANS Member
Bronze RLFANS Member

Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:57 am
Posts: 3238
HXSparky wrote:The 2017 format was ridiculous. Two groups of 4 with 3 progressing and 2 groups of 3 with just 1 progressing. How is that ideal?

Because the two groups of 4 had the best teams in them. It meant the majority of group games were competitive and good to watch. Nobody was sure who would win each group before the tournament.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:58 pm 
Free-scoring winger
Free-scoring winger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 pm
Posts: 1917
On that basis, groups C and D were irrelevant in 2017, and we should just have 8 clubs in the WC. The nature of RL means that major surprises are unlikely, but the lower ranked teams should have the chance to test their arm against the best if they've qualified rather than just being pushed aside to a second tier in the same tournament.

The cream will float to the top, but the likes of Ireland, Wales, USA and Italy should be able to have their day in the limelight against the top teams.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:08 pm 
Free-scoring winger
Free-scoring winger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:46 pm
Posts: 1459
Location: Manchester
The Samoa and Ireland fiasco shows that the 2017 format was ridiculous.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:19 pm 
Free-scoring winger
Free-scoring winger

Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:51 am
Posts: 1109
Enjoyed the New Zealand v Samoa and Fiji V Samoa games at the HJS, can we have some more of that please!

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:20 pm 
Bronze RLFANS Member
Bronze RLFANS Member

Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:57 am
Posts: 3238
Groups C and D were not irrelevant, a team qualified for the quarter final from each of those groups. Fiji were in group D and got through to the semi final.

Yes it was unfortunate Ireland narrowly missed out on qualifying and Samoa were very fortunate to qualify. But the fact is Ireland had significantly weaker opposition. Samoa played New Zealand and Tonga. Ireland played Wales and Italy.

How many people are going to watch England, Australia or New Zealand face the likes of USA, Jamaica, Serbia or any of the home nations, the games will be an absolute walkover. People want to see competitive games and the top teams play each other.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:22 pm 
Bronze RLFANS Member
Bronze RLFANS Member

Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:57 am
Posts: 3238
MorePlaymakersNeeded wrote:Enjoyed the New Zealand v Samoa and Fiji V Samoa games at the HJS, can we have some more of that please!

Sadly Samoa and Fiji will be 2nd seeds meaning they will be kept apart

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 2021 World Cup
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:41 pm 
Free-scoring winger
Free-scoring winger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:23 pm
Posts: 1917
Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:Groups C and D were not irrelevant, a team qualified for the quarter final from each of those groups. Fiji were in group D and got through to the semi final.

Yes it was unfortunate Ireland narrowly missed out on qualifying and Samoa were very fortunate to qualify. But the fact is Ireland had significantly weaker opposition. Samoa played New Zealand and Tonga. Ireland played Wales and Italy.

How many people are going to watch England, Australia or New Zealand face the likes of USA, Jamaica, Serbia or any of the home nations, the games will be an absolute walkover. People want to see competitive games and the top teams play each other.


It's a World Cup. Tonga played Italy at the Shay in front of a sell-out crowd (around 10,000 or so at the time) in 2013, so lot's of folk will watch "meaningless" games if it's marketed correctly.

Read that again. Halifax, the Shay, and two decent but not top RL teams coming to town. Good marketing and result is a full stadium (I know because I couldn't go to the game originally, but then went for tickets and bought literally the last 2 available).

Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next





It is currently Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:55 pm

Retro.rlfans.com is no longer supported, we suggest that you try www.rlfans.com or i.rlfans.com or m.rlfans.com

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Big Jim Slade, glee, Hessle Roader, infamous grouse, little wayne69, Magic Superbeetle, newport dave, oooh Gravy!, roo67, RuddyScoosers, Ruune Rebellion, spegs, steadygetyerboots-on and 170 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  


It is currently Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:55 pm
POSTSONLINEMEMBERSRECORDYOUR TEAM
4,907,2792,30977,6484,559SET
LOGIN HERE
or REGISTER for more features!.
 Full Time (Hover Score) 
NRL
MANLY
34-14
ST.GEORGE
 Full Time (Hover Score) 
NRL
SYDNEY ROOSTERS
38-12
CANTERBURY
 Full Time  
SLXXIV
SALFORD
44-20
WAKEFIELD
 Full Time  
 CH
BARROW RAIDERS
21-8
HALIFAX
 Full Time  
 CH
BATLEY BULLDOGS
24-54
SHEFFIELD
 Full Time  
 CH
FEATHERSTONE
22-4
WIDNES VIKINGS
 Full Time  
 CH
LEIGH
52-20
BRADFORD BULLS
 Full Time  
 CH
YORK
60-0
ROCHDALE
 Full Time  
 CH1
NEWCASTLE
26-20
WHITEHAVEN
 Full Time  
 CH1
OLDHAM
28-4
KEIGHLEY
 Full Time  
 CH1
WORKINGTON TOWN
54-16
COVENTRY BEARS
ALL SCORES PROVIDED BY RLFANS.COM (SETTINGS)








.