Monday, January 17, 2005


..... good to read in the Sunday right wing Times today about my great game called Rugby League ..... being marginalised over many years by Rugby Union ...... there is a history about the break away from the 'the union', more than a hundred years ago, due to working men not being able to play, get injured and still go down the pit to earn a living. Being professional in those days was ridiculed.

Here is the ST bit;
"Stuart Barnes: England learning league skills
This week’s training camp with rugby league club Leeds Rhinos shows the (RU) world champions need to revive their attack
And so, after 110 years of hostility, the final truce. War was declared on August 29, 1895, forced upon what was then the Northern Union by the amateur intransigence and arrogance of the Rugby Football Union. In the George Hotel, Huddersfield, rugby league was born and with it an antagonism that straddled the English class divide.

Tomorrow, England, the rugby union world champions, will begin an intensive three days of training with Leeds Rhinos, the rugby league champions of England. Union may have won the war of popularity outside Australia, yet if the men who broke away from Twickenham turn in their graves at the thought of the enemy stepping inside the gates, it will be with relish."

. beef on the bone is back very soon......... you will be hearing me click ......' come on the Saints' very soon.