Challenge Cup 2019

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  1. adamkungl

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    Absolutely nothing to do with Catalans. They can't even get a decent crowd to a Wigan v Warrington Grand Final at Old Trafford.

    The real reasons are all on the lap of the RFL.
    The painfully drawn out season structure,
    the poor marketing,
    the perception of SL falling behind the NRL and Rugby Union due to the RFL's ineptitude,
    the perception of RL being a dinky sport for northerners, again due to the RFL's ineptitude.
     
  2. Stallion

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    Really dissappointing to know this about the RFL in England. Prior to this I thought they pretty progressive given developments like the Toronto Wolfpack and a robust Catalans. It's a bit of a let down. The poor administration at the RFL probably has been reflected in the non playing of at least one test with the Kangaroos and Lions in 2019. That if any test match should have been scheduled! A southern Pacific Lions tour without playing the Kangaroos! Incredible and astonishing!
     
  3. Pommy

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    I’m not defending them asking for money but how can you say it’s nothing to do with catalans? Who is supposed to attend the challenge cup final if not Catalans fans?

    What’s the capacity at Old Trafford for league? I know it’s not (or wasn’t) the same as football as they had to remove seats for a big screen. The grand final drew 65k which is hardly a bad crowd.
     
  4. adamkungl

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    The GF has drawn over 70k most years and 2018, featuring 2 big clubs, was it's lowest since 2009.
    I'm very skeptical Warrington v Wigan at Wembley brings many more fans in considering the current mood of UK fans.
    The Cup final has been trending downward for years while Catalans was nowhere near it.

    A competition governing body can't hold a club responsible for not being popular enough to sell out the final. An event of that prestige should have sold most of the tickets before the finalists are even known.
    If they're going to continue to hold it in London, they need to do more in London. 1 event a year isn't enough.
    England should have played NZ in London instead of Hull.
    Marketing needs to be far stronger, you can't turn around without hearing an Aussie or Kiwi accent but they do little to leverage this.
     
  5. Pommy

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    I think you’re overestimating the prestige of the challenge cup. Has it ever been in a position to sell most of the tickets before the winners are known? Being held in London I highly doubt it.
    I do agree about not holding them hostage it’s totally wrong, but what’s the answer? If it runs at a loss it won’t be held anymore.
     
  6. adamkungl

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    It peaked at 80,000 in 2015 in London. It trades on the idea of being English Rugby League's most prestigious trophy.
     
  7. Pommy

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    I assume most of those people were Leeds and KR fans who didn’t buy their tickets ahead of time though.
     
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    Red Star Belgrade’s squad for historic tie against Millom, quite possibly the only time you will see historic and Millom in the same sentence.
     
  9. deluded pom?

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    Plus, the attendance announced will have included the Club Wembley seats whether they were occupied or not.
     
  10. Pommy

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    Team sheet for Red Stars game tomorrow.



    I forgot they had two Americans in the squad.
     
  11. adamkungl

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    Expansionist update...

    Serbian, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish entrants all defeated in the first round.
    All Golds, London Chargers, Hammersmith Hills Hoists, North Herts Crusaders were representing the south of England and all hit the first hurdle too.

    Round 2 will be an all-Northern affair.

    Round 3 sees the entry of League 1 clubs Coventry, London Skolars, North Wales Crusaders, West Wales Raiders

    Round 4 we have the Championship clubs entering, all Northern-based.

    Round 5 is London Broncos among the other top 4 Super8 Qualifiers teams.

    and lastly Round 6 the title holders Catalans join the fray with the remaining Super League clubs.


    Here's hoping for some outsiders to have a good run!

    Hopefully 2020s format allows for Toulouse, Toronto, and the Elite One winner to join
     
  12. Pommy

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    I know this year there was the issue with the bond but previously Toulouse have just decided not to take part haven’t they?
    Toronto entered last year playing in the same competition so I’m pretty sure there was nothing stopping them.
     
  13. adamkungl

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    Yeah. My wording was a bit off.
    Regardless of previous reasons, hopefully they participate.
     
  14. adamkungl

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    Challenge Cup Rounds 2 and 3 have now been played

    https://www.rugby-league.com/challengecup/results

    Round 3 saw:

    Coventry falling to Doncaster
    West Wales with yet another big loss, this time to Newcastle
    North Wales taking down London Skolars

    No League One clubs lost to lower level clubs
    Workington v Siddal was postponed

    Still standing in round 4:

    (League One)
    North Wales
    Keighley
    Oldham
    Whitehaven
    Newcastle
    Hunslet
    Doncaster

    (Amateurs)
    West Hull
    Thatto Heath
    Lock Lane
    Featherstone Lions

    12 Championship teams enter in Round 4, with neither Toronto or Toulouse featuring.
    That leaves North Wales flying a fairly small flag for the expansionists!
     
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    Oldham v widnes....I reckon we'll do em'

    We drew whitehaven in the 1st round of the 1895 cup too...
     
  16. Leigh Howlett

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    Just had a look at this weekends League 1 round, West Wales are away to the Thunder, oh dear!.
     
  17. titoelcolombiano

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    To be fair, there is a lot about RL that you think you know but that you are wrong about
     
  18. Stallion

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    States the kettle calling the pot black!
     
  19. titoelcolombiano

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    Says the guy that thinks the RFL had anything to do with Toronto.
     
  20. ParraEelsNRL

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    Well they do have, it's their comp and they let them in.
     

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