NRL General Discussion Thread - 2019

Tom

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Why would he even mention us unless the chip on his shoulder was real?
 

Thelmus

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mal's political career was rather short. 30 seconds I believe. Probably for the best, i think.
One footballer I have grudging respect for despite his party choice and stance was glen lazarus. I'd never vote for anyone associated with Clive Palmer but I thought he handled himself well in the political spotlight. Considering who and what he had to work with, I thought he did very well.
His ideologies and beliefs are different to mine but I though lazarus was atleast genuine in his convictions. Palmer, on the other hand, I think makes trump look honest, and that is scary!
 

john1420

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Mal is a proven winner, and an excellent man manager by all accounts, and he can definitely bring about a positive cultural change at the Titans, one they desperately need

This should, and likely will, improve them as a team

However, making them the flagship NRL club in QLD really is the dumbest thing I've heard said in a very very long time

And the master plan to make the Titans better than the Broncos is by building a team of players the Broncos release?

Seriously Mal, I love you for what you did for QLD origin, but nobody is perfect - and this just proves it
 
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broncos4life

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Mal is a proven winner, and an excellent man manager by all accounts, and he can definitely bring about a positive cultural change at the Titans, one they desperately need

This should, and likely will, improve them as a team

However, making them the flagship NRL club in QLD really is the dumbest thing I've heard said in a very very long time

And the master plan to make the Titans better than the Broncos is by building a team of players the Broncos release?

Seriously Mal, I love you for what you did for QLD origin, but nobody is perfect - and this just proves it
Honestly, I can’t believe they let him say that. Do they realise how stupid this sounds? Essentially their grand plan is to wait for our rejects and hope we get it wrong.
 
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Mal knows they’ll never be as good as the Broncos as an organisation. I’m sure the Broncos have said at times that they aspire to be like X club.

Yeah, it’s not the same as saying they want to be bigger & better than X. But the comment is designed to give the club a direction to head in. Ultra-professional, accountable and driven. They started off like that and were somewhat successful before Searle went Generic Gold Coast and over-extended their capacity before imploding.

Even if they improve 10-20% (as an organisation) it’ll be worthwhile.
 
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“Brisbane’s depth in the forwards is incredible and the challenge for them is to keep them all and picking the right talent to stay at the club,” he said.

“If the Broncos are thinking about releasing talent, we’re just down the road as another option for players.”
i keep thinking about the old John West tuna ad with regards to this line, ... lol

we could easily re-work the ad so it is about the Broncos ... hmmm:

"It's the players the Broncos reject ... that make the Broncos the best"
 

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Buzz: Let’s talk expansion, starting with Brisbane

At some stage in the near future the NRL needs to fast forward to the difficult conversation about expansion and, more importantly, the long-term future and sustainability of nine Sydney clubs.
In two years the governing body will enter negotiations with TV networks and live streaming services for the next broadcasting deal. The current contract ends in 2022.
The reason for the urgency is that you need certainty around the product before you go to market.

The NRL must look to Brisbane for expansion, believes Buzz Rothfield. (AAP image, John Gass)
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We’re raising the topic again today because it’s an issue that has to be addressed not only for the broadcast deal but to give potential new franchises the opportunity to properly prepare.
Last week your columnist visited the magnificent new $30 million Broncos centre of excellence in Brisbane. From the moment you walk in on the ground floor it hits you … the Sydney clubs cannot possibly compete against this sort of professionalism.
Their set-up is out of this world.
The Broncos have $14.5 million worth of sponsors. The Cronulla Sharks had none until they snared a $1 million jersey sponsor over the weekend.

The Broncos are setting the standard for professionalism across the NRL. (AAP Image/Darren England)
The Broncos have 30,000 members — the highest in the league — spending on average $200 per head for another $6 million in revenue. On top of that they get the NRL grant of $12 million.
Their business now turns over well north of $50 million each year.
The Broncos have a city of 2.5 million to themselves and the best rugby league stadium in the southern hemisphere.
Plus the best high-performance centre I have seen in this country.
Sydney has nine clubs in a population of five million.

The longevity of nine Sydney clubs must be questioned. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
What became obvious during the visit north of the border is that Brisbane needs a second team.
Even the Broncos’ highly regarded chief executive Paul White said: “The city’s big enough and it’s growing.
“Competition and competitiveness drive innovation. I support the growth of our game and having a future direction beyond the next five-year cycle.”
The Broncos are superbly run and leave a lot of the Sydney clubs looking like they are almost stuck in the chook raffle days.

The NRL is competing with 142 elite sporting franchises in Australia. Picture: Matt Loxton
It’s chalk and cheese and the gap is only increasing.
The Broncos even have a sponsor for their training balls.
The commercial department got a copy of every edition of last year’s Courier Mail newspaper and printed copies of the pages where the training ball was photographed.
They took a big fat folder into the market and received $200,000 just for the football.
Their major sponsorship with NRMA is said to be worth almost $2 million a year, which is almost double what most of their Sydney rivals get for the same position on their jerseys.
Importantly, the aim shouldn’t be to weaken the Broncos. They are the benchmark.
Rivals clubs, particularly those in Sydney, need to lift their own games.


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As White said: “I don’t think the game can sustain a competition with more than 16 teams.
“There are some telling indicators in that a number of Sydney clubs are struggling.”
So the conversation needs to happen. Not next year, but now.
To cut a Sydney team would be a highly dangerous move.
We saw what happened when that was tried on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Yet there are now 142 elite sporting franchises in Australia competing for the corporate dollar. We’re talking Supercars, Big Bash, all forms of male and female cricket, netball, league, union, AFL, soccer, basketball etc, etc.
It’s a tough ask for a suburban rugby league team to survive in this market.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/broncos/monday-buzz-lets-talk-expansion-starting-with-brisbane/news-story/bb86e90d25b3c31d6a36bd2ae622d6de
 

Alec

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Yeah, I dunno how you can expand when almost 90% of the clubs are running at a loss.
 

Tom

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What became obvious during the visit north of the border is that Brisbane needs a second team.
Even the Broncos’ highly regarded chief executive Paul White said: “The city’s big enough and it’s growing.
“Competition and competitiveness drive innovation. I support the growth of our game and having a future direction beyond the next five-year cycle.”
Nowhere does White say he wants a second Brisbane team, and why would he? It would be detrimental to the Broncos. I'd be willing to wager Rothfield asked him different questions to get these quotes out of him then proceeded to make up his own narrative.
 

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Not sure if there's a thread discussing opposition teams for nexr year but i just had quick look through some of the rosters. I might turn out to be way off the mark but wow the Canberra team looks incredibly weak to me. The Wighton Sezar halves combination does not appeal at all to me. The forward pack as well seems very average to me with no real standout danger players. I acknowledge papali is a rep player but at club level never seems to stand out. Hodgsen at hooker could be dangerous or his form two years ago could be a once off.

I think I'd like too lock them in for a Smokey for wooden spoon. I'm sure many would disagree however.
 

Alec

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Not sure if there's a thread discussing opposition teams for nexr year but i just had quick look through some of the rosters. I might turn out to be way off the mark but wow the Canberra team looks incredibly weak to me. The Wighton Sezar halves combination does not appeal at all to me. The forward pack as well seems very average to me with no real standout danger players. I acknowledge papali is a rep player but at club level never seems to stand out. Hodgsen at hooker could be dangerous or his form two years ago could be a once off.

I think I'd like too lock them in for a Smokey for wooden spoon. I'm sure many would disagree however.
They've still got Sam Williams, he outplayed Sezer a good number of times last year. Chucking Wighton in the halves wouldn't last more than a few rounds.
 
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Cameron Smith wants clarity as Storm battle salary cap conundrum

March 05, 2019
Storm captain Cameron Smith has sought assurances he will not be rubbed out of the NRL as Melbourne battles with a salary cap conundrum on the eve of the season.
The Storm are under pressure to offload at least one player to become salary cap compliant before they host the 2019 NRL season-opener against Brisbane on Thursday week.
Melbourne is currently believed to be up to $300,000 over its 2019 salary cap, however they have until Round 1 to become compliant.
The NRL confirmed to The Courier-Mail if a team is not compliant before playing a game, the last player signed by the club will be removed from its roster.
In Melbourne’s case that is Smith, the most capped player in NRL history with 384 games and the former Kangaroos and Queensland Origin captain.
On the eve of his 18th NRL season, Smith said he had sought assurances from Melbourne CEO Dave Donaghy that he would be cleared to face the Broncos.
“I’ve spoken to our CEO and he is very confident I’m going to be playing round one,” Smith said.

Cameron Smith has sought assurances he will be clear to play the NRL season opener. Picture: Getty Images
“That’s all I need, his go-ahead that I’m going to be there. Anything to do with our salary cap has got nothing to do with myself or any other players. That’s not our role.
“We’re employed to play football the best we can and that’s all we can control.
“My only concern was whether I would be playing but my CEO has told me there’ll be no worries, I’ll be available in round one.”
The Storm are racing to offload unwanted prop Sam Kasiano to alleviate salary cap pressure.
The club is adamant it has no concerns about being compliant before hosting the Broncos at AAMI Park and NRL boss Todd Greenberg said it wasn’t an uncommon situation.
“It’s not uncommon in this point in time that clubs need to make decisions on roster management,” Greenberg said.
“I assume Melbourne are in that space. They’d have some company though as clubs start to get towards the requirements and prescriptive measures about how the compliance of the cap works.
“I expect they’re doing that work behind the scenes. There is good management and people there. I’m sure they’ll come up with the right answer.
“Cameron Smith has a registered contract with the NRL, but it’s up to the club to decide the roster management of its club.”

Cameron Smith was the last player signed by the Storm for the 2019 season. Picture: Getty Images
Smith, 35, only re-signed in January following a drawn out contract negotiation, eventually securing a two-year extension.
He is on track to become the first NRL player to reach 400 games this season and admitted he may not play on in 2020.
“There’s no handshake deal, what was discussed during my negotiations was that throughout 2019 I’d be in constant conversation with Craig (Bellamy, coach) about my form and where he thought my place in the team was moving forward,” Smith said.
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“To be honest, that’s nothing different to any other year in my career. I’ve always spoken to Craig closely about my form and if he’s happy with the way I’ve been playing.
“I’ve got no idea (if I will retire this year). You’d have to ask me at the end of the year.
“My plan is to play well. That’s been my plan every year. I’m hoping I do that for our club this year.
“It will be through conversations with Craig about my form and whether that’s still good enough to be playing at the elite level.
“If it is then I’d say I’ll be considering playing on again.”
Smith said Jahrome Hughes would replace Billy Slater in the Storm’s No. 1 jersey after Scott Drinkwater was ruled out for three months with a torn pec.
 
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