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Sunday, 13 March 2011

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

After their recently experienced financial tumoil and with no new ground on the horizon, Wakefield Trinity (forget the Wildcats) as they are traditionally known look to be on a fast train out of Super League. It's early days but they need to be in the top eight so that the RFL cannot exclude them when the franchises come up for grabs. John Kear is a thoroughly nice guy and a good coach who has worked miracles in the past. It will be difficult but not impossible

Castleford and Harlequins with their fine early season form have demonstrated the way foward for Wakefield  and everybody else. Through hard work and good coaching it is possible to achieve good results with young, home grown players. We all like to watch genuine stars and Willie Mason falls into this caetgory but the majority of overseas players playing in the UK are an not needed because they are no better than the home grown equivalent. It's great to watch Rhys Evans playing a starring role for Warrington but would he have been given a chance if Matt King was fully fit? I'd like to think so but I seriously doubt it.



The recent leaked-e-mail-from-Richard-Lewis showed that the RFL are keen to promote International RL while the ARL are not and the continued ambiguities in the eligibility crieria demonstrate this. However, the RFL seem to have devloped an "if you can't beat em" mentality by selecting Scotsmen Danny Brough and Dale Ferguson for England alongside Irishmen Chris Bridge, Ben Harrison, Paul Prescott and Mike Mcillurum for England. All these players are obviously English but to allow players to change countries like they change clubs damages our credibility although I don't blame the RFL for accepting reality.

We must develop a big stage for  to showcase our young players and if we don't, more of our young stars will have their heads turned. We must seek to return to the days in the 1990s when our big international matches were played at big ground like Wembley and Old Trafford in front of big crowds. It is vital that this begins during the 2011 Four Nations or more will follow the path trod by Chris Ashton and Kyle Eastmond.

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