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    Default World Cup Nines: James Graham Named Capt

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/49953281
    and no players from Saints or Salford in the team because of Grand Final commitments



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    Quote Originally Posted by lukatjhens View Post
    Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s 2019】
    https://sportshd4ktv.com/WorldCup9s/
    Its on Now Sky Sports 8.20 to 11.50 18th October

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    Been excellent so far, a real festival of rugby league. I've always said that the Magic Weekend should be a 9s comp with a trophy awarded

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    Some brilliant stuff so far. I just hope Saints are watching this, some very, very good young players knocking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddened! View Post
    Some brilliant stuff so far. I just hope Saints are watching this, some very, very good young players knocking about.
    For anyone who missed the England Wales game, google NRL.com. The highlights are available,

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    Excellent stuff so far. As someone that hasnít seen much womanís RL, Iíve been impressed with the intensity, physicality and skill level of the womanís matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolyback View Post
    For anyone who missed the England Wales game, google NRL.com. The highlights are available,
    Cheers for the link. Can we have the commentator from that match in Super League please?

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    England 13 Lebanon 16 . Now looks as tho' Engand are out . A long way to go & only play 18 mins . I cannot understand why Regan Grace went out . Wales lost both their games .
    Last edited by fonsboy; 19th October 2019 at 03:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro74 View Post
    Been excellent so far, a real festival of rugby league. I've always said that the Magic Weekend should be a 9s comp with a trophy awarded
    Problem is teams would see it as an opportunity to rest players, and they'd send a squad of fringe players..

    The only way you could get past that would be a massive monetary prize..

    Even if you said must be first team squad, they'd just fill the squads with 30 players

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro74 View Post
    Been excellent so far, a real festival of rugby league. I've always said that the Magic Weekend should be a 9s comp with a trophy awarded
    9s is just an exhibition. You wouldn’t get the same crowds travelling as they do for Magic. I think there’s scope for an international tournament like this in Oz but the problem here is it would have to be in warm weather for people to sit out all day and there isn’t much opportunity in the summer for it

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    Someone should have mentioned to Bennett 9s is all about pace

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    In truth, I’m finding it all a bit boring. I’d rather watch a game where teams have to work harder to score, having to build up pressure and out-manoeuvre the opposition rather than just run around them because they’ve got the faster players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabasco View Post
    In truth, Iím finding it all a bit boring. Iíd rather watch a game where teams have to work harder to score, having to build up pressure and out-manoeuvre the opposition rather than just run around them because theyíve got the faster players.
    Agree, it's one of them, it's on in the background whilst I'm doing other stuff.. some good tries but almost a game of basketball..

    Don't think the attendance is particularly great either

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulscnthorpe View Post
    Agree, it's one of them, it's on in the background whilst I'm doing other stuff.. some good tries but almost a game of basketball..

    Don't think the attendance is particularly great either
    Agreed - itís similar to Rugby Sevens in that respect

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    Respect Graham so much, but why did we need Forwards in a Nines side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybs View Post
    Respect Graham so much, but why did we need Forwards in a Nines side?
    Was a bizarre team..

    No real pace about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulscnthorpe View Post
    Was a bizarre team..

    No real pace about it
    Wrong team and wrong tactics but apart from that a nice little holiday for the players

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    Was interesting to hear the commentators say, "Didn't know Blake Austin was English", dripping with sarcasm. Great from an Aussie. Obviously doesn't remember Tonie Carroll, who played for both Australia and New Zealand.
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    I was devastated with the professional Australian commentators. I was looking forward to about 19 hours of prime Bill Arthur, Baz and Tez.

    Gutted.

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    Bennett seemed to use it as a chance to give players like Ryan Hall a game rather than pick a team who had a chance of winning the tournament

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybs View Post
    Respect Graham so much, but why did we need Forwards in a Nines side?
    I think you do need forwards in nines - it's not quite as open as sevens and you need big players who can draw in defenders. I think the problem was that most of the backs we picked were more ideally suited to carting the ball out of their own 20 than taking advantage of open spaces. I suspect, anyway, that it was just a case of picking from players that were already over there with the GB squad rather than flying more suited players over just for the tournament.

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    Not really too fussed about the internationals this year although I'll watch them if I get chance.

    All about the Australia tour next year for me. I hope they sort the fixtures/scheduling out sharpish
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