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United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:08 am  
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The RU mob would struggle to agree to a merger of RU and RL.

From an RL point of view, would it be enough to get agreement on the combined game's Laws by adopting RU Laws but with an irrevocable undertaking to just make two simple amendments;

-13 players a side

-scrap line-outs

With any further rule changes to evolve over time by agreement?

The benefit of securing a merger would be that (existing RL) clubs in NSW, Queensland and the North of England could dominate an enlarged global game.
Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:11 am  

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:11 am  

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Next Churchill will solve the problems in Israel and Palestine.

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:12 am  

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:22 am  

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Mr Churchill wrote:
The RU mob would struggle to agree to a merger of RU and RL.

From an RL point of view, would it be enough to get agreement on the combined game's Laws by adopting RU Laws but with an irrevocable undertaking to just make two simple amendments;

-13 players a side

-scrap line-outs

With any further rule changes to evolve over time by agreement?

The benefit of securing a merger would be that (existing RL) clubs in NSW, Queensland and the North of England could dominate an enlarged global game.


I'd merge if RU agrees to become 13 a side code scrapping lineouts, rucks & mauls whilst adopting the six tackle rule, awarding 4 points for a try and two for a conversion whilst also bringing in the 40/20 rule. Do all that and I think they have a deal :)
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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:25 am  

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:44 am  

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What would the purpose or benefit of a merged game be?
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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:25 am  
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Union will be amateur in Australia within fifteen years. Properly amateur this time. I think their remaining junior clubs would jump at an opportunity to participate in RL comps here.

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:29 am  

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Richie wrote:
What would the purpose or benefit of a merged game be?


The benefits would be a single code of Rugby that would be better place to compete on a domestic and world stage with other sports. Imagine an English league with Leicester, Northampton etc, combined with Wigan, Leeds etc. It'd be a helluva league. And the rah-rah boys have a much better supported international game than we'll ever have. Couple that with the blue-chip sponsors that seem to be drawn to the 15-a side game, and there are massive benefits.

The downside is, that the new game would be utter tripe, because it'd almost certainly be RU with 13 players. Lineouts, rucks,mauls. Constant kicking. I doubt the RL fans would adopt that.

I wonder how an experimental mini-series between the two codes would work. Top 2 SL teams vs top-two in RU, in a mini-league. Try some different rules and see what sort of game we'd get. Drop line-outs and two players, but with contested scrums and rucks/mauls. Or 15 a side limited tackles.

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Re: United global game; merger of RL and RU Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:43 am  

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The benefits would be a single code of Rugby that would be better place to compete on a domestic and world stage with other sports. Imagine an English league with Leicester, Northampton etc, combined with Wigan, Leeds etc. It'd be a helluva league. And the rah-rah boys have a much better supported international game than we'll ever have. Couple that with the blue-chip sponsors that seem to be drawn to the 15-a side game, and there are massive benefits.
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Compete with which sports? Tennis? Darts? The NFL? Boxing? How will such a hybrid code take fans from those? Will the hybrid game have more total fans and revenues than the current combined SL and RU? Can't really see it.
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