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Discussion in 'NRL' started by tri_colours, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. tri_colours

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    NRL headed for Big Apple trials

    INew York City’s rugby league team wants to some big-name exposure

    New York City’s rugby league team wants to some big-name exposure
    By Dean Ritchie
    9:09PM March 10, 2020

    Start spreading the news — NRL teams are set to play trial games in New York early next year.

    The star power of Russell Crowe’s South Sydney, Hugh Jackman’s Manly Sea Eagles and Val Holmes’s North Queensland Cowboys have been targeted to take on the groundbreaking New York rugby league franchise in the Big Apple.

    New York has been formally admitted into the English rugby league’s third division — a move that will forever change the game.

    New York will play in the 2022 League One competition – division three – but next season will enter the famous English Challenge Cup, which includes all Super League clubs.

    To prepare for the Challenge Cup, New York have formally invited NRL sides — headed by the Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs and Cowboys — to contest trial games over three successive weekends next February.

    Manly will be asked to play a trial given Hollywood star Jackman’s high profile in the US and affection for the Sea Eagles, while Crowe’s Rabbitohs also hold enormous appeal for New York officials. Crowe has long advocated rugby league in America.

    New York’s management are aware Holmes attracted headlines during his short stint with the New York Jets NFL franchise.

    “We would look to play NRL clubs in February on the weekends around the Nines tournament,” New York chief executive Ricky Wilby said.

    “Obviously our preference would be Souths because of the Russell Crowe link and Manly because of the Hugh Jackman link. There’s also the Roosters, Cowboys, Melbourne.

    “We would want the teams to come over for a week and play us at the end of that week and then fly home the following day. We would have already played one round of Challenge Cup – possibly two — by the time the NRL sides arrive.

    “Straight away it would open us up to that Australian expat market in New York. It would also be attractive to our players. How often would they get the opportunity to play against NRL teams?”

    Melbourne, Sydney Roosters and Brisbane will also be considered because of their success and profile.

    A formal launch in New York will be held on Monday when the draw for next year’s Challenge Cup – held annually since 1896 — will also be released.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sp...s/news-story/d028e63988c951d351eda270c7fa03c8
     
  2. no name

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    Matt Lodge for Captain/Coach.
     
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    The star power of Russell Crowe’s South Sydney, Hugh Jackman’s Manly Sea Eagles and Val Holmes’s North Queensland Cowboys have been targeted to take on the groundbreakingNew York rugby league franchise in the Big Apple.


    lol, what?
     
  4. hineyrulz

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    Should send the Dogs over as goodwill ambassador’s. Get them to meet the locals with some school visits. A great way to get new fans into the game.
     
  5. Pommy

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    I will believe it when I see it.
    They’re supposed to enter the comp in 2022 but play in the challenge cup in 2021? So potentially they’re signing a squad of players support staff etc to play 1 competitive game in the year? That doesn’t make any sense at all.
     
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    The NRL should also send the Dragons, that way the NY team will receive the opportunity to meet their future coach over a few crown lagers.
     
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    He was with the New York Jets for a year, so they're looking for the closest thing they'll get to any minor name recognition.
     
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  8. Bring back John Fifita

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    A sequel to an old favourite...

    “The Muppets take Manhattan”..

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    Im always unimpressed by bids who namedrop people who MIGHT join them, maybe...
     
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    New York in February is pretty bloody ordinary. That's about blizzard season.
     
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    I think he might be looking at the grammar.
     
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    I like the idea I hope it can work.

    I'm just ready for those old timers or blokes in the media saying "Oh what a waste of money travelling all the way over there for meaningless games".
     
  13. taipan

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    But, but, rugby league is only played in Norf England,2 states in Orstrlalia and South Auckland.
    This can't be true, Fitzhead is calling it now as BS.
     
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    Greg smith to make a one-off appearance??
     
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    your just making this stuff up, 20 nations playing in next years world ;)
     
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    Shoosh don't tell anyone, especially Bandana Boy.He's probably lined himself up for his predictable RLWC bagging.As sure as night follows day.
     

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