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Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2019, 6:22 pm

Canberra Raiders look to strengthen England ties

The Raiders are in early talks with Wigan about playing a pre-season trial in England against the English Super League club ahead of the 2020 NRL season.

"There's certainly interest in hosting us in a trial game over there next year. Hopefully we're over there for the World Club Challenge anyway, but failing that this is something we'll explore," Raiders CEO Don Furner said.

Read more: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/ ... /?cs=14280
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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by LastRaider » August 9, 2019, 6:24 pm

Why? Canberra need to look after their support base in regional areas for these games

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Post by sprintman » August 9, 2019, 6:28 pm

Good idea. Cements our place as the club of choice for ESL players looking at an NRL career

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Post by Dusty » August 9, 2019, 6:35 pm

Could probably do it before we play the World Club Challenge


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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by Greedysmurf » August 9, 2019, 6:40 pm

LastRaider wrote:
August 9, 2019, 6:24 pm
Why? Canberra need to look after their support base in regional areas for these games
And what about looking after those diehard Raiders supporters living in the U.K. :? :lol:

But seriously I’d love it!

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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2019, 6:40 pm

Dusty wrote:
August 9, 2019, 6:35 pm
Could probably do it before we play the World Club Challenge


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The story says that would replace a trial!
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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by Billy Walker » August 9, 2019, 6:53 pm

Are there any footballers left there to play against that we haven’t poached??

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Post by Northern Raider » August 9, 2019, 7:20 pm

Won't we be there for the World Club Challenge anyway?
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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by Begbie » August 9, 2019, 7:21 pm

Northern Raider wrote:
August 9, 2019, 7:20 pm
Won't we be there for the World Club Challenge anyway?
Love the confidence!

The Raiders could almost treat it like a home game.

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Post by Billy Walker » August 9, 2019, 7:41 pm

It’s actually a pretty smart idea

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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2019, 10:00 pm

The story also says the Raiders are looking at a special English away membership. I wonder where I’ve heard that idea before? :hmmm
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Post by Botman » August 9, 2019, 10:03 pm

Playing a trial game at home is always a good idea
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Post by yurithe1 » August 10, 2019, 1:08 pm

PigRickman wrote:
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Playing a trial game at home is always a good idea
I see what you did there. :lol:
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Post by Billy Walker » August 10, 2019, 8:39 pm

greeneyed wrote:
August 9, 2019, 10:00 pm
The story also says the Raiders are looking at a special English away membership. I wonder where I’ve heard that idea before? :hmmm
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Post by -PJ- » August 10, 2019, 8:46 pm

This is a great idea.

Send a squad over..

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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by Bay53 » August 10, 2019, 9:40 pm

Seems a little strange a decision.

Back in 2017 we were pretty keen not to play the World Club Challenge.

Hopefully we are going to go very deep into the finals and we are going to have quite a few in the NZ v GB Lions tests. It has been 15 years since we made the finals twice in a row. (Will be a minimum of 16 cause it can’t happen to 2020)

We have not been able to back up good seasons and 2016 and 2019 have really been our only decent starts. We looked terribly underdone in 2017 and never recovered.

Obviously if we win the premiership and get to play off to be World Champions it would be great and I would look to jump on the plane myself but going around the world and out of 35 degrees for 3 degrees for the sake of a trial I am not so sure is the best move.

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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by greeneyed » August 10, 2019, 10:32 pm

Bay53 wrote:
August 10, 2019, 9:40 pm
Seems a little strange a decision.

Back in 2017 we were pretty keen not to play the World Club Challenge.

Hopefully we are going to go very deep into the finals and we are going to have quite a few in the NZ v GB Lions tests. It has been 15 years since we made the finals twice in a row. (Will be a minimum of 16 cause it can’t happen to 2020)

We have not been able to back up good seasons and 2016 and 2019 have really been our only decent starts. We looked terribly underdone in 2017 and never recovered.

Obviously if we win the premiership and get to play off to be World Champions it would be great and I would look to jump on the plane myself but going around the world and out of 35 degrees for 3 degrees for the sake of a trial I am not so sure is the best move.
Hopefully the club has learned a thing or two over the past few years.
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Re: Canberra Raiders in talks to play trial in England

Post by MrPosh » August 10, 2019, 10:58 pm

I really think the Raiders are over playing their hand in terms of popularity over here.

I'm not alone in being seduced by a team with great English representation - the Warriors game last week was only the third game we've not had live.

It's got to be remembered, though, that this is never going to be more than a second team for any English rugby fan.

Generally, rugby league over here is still very working class and this is a group that has very little spare at the moment (although it will probably prove to be a golden era if Brexit happens).

I can't see people spending something they don't have to support their second team. I hope I'm wrong - I've developed a genuine affection for the Raiders and, from a macro point of view, any international cooperation can only be a good thing for the game.

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Post by BJ » August 11, 2019, 1:44 am

MrPosh wrote:I really think the Raiders are over playing their hand in terms of popularity over here.

I'm not alone in being seduced by a team with great English representation - the Warriors game last week was only the third game we've not had live.

It's got to be remembered, though, that this is never going to be more than a second team for any English rugby fan.

Generally, rugby league over here is still very working class and this is a group that has very little spare at the moment (although it will probably prove to be a golden era if Brexit happens).

I can't see people spending something they don't have to support their second team. I hope I'm wrong - I've developed a genuine affection for the Raiders and, from a macro point of view, any international cooperation can only be a good thing for the game.
You make some good points. But basic member packs without games (if they match the local version) will probably be very cheap and about at cost.

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Post by Fuifui Bradbrad » August 13, 2019, 7:03 am

MrPosh wrote:I really think the Raiders are over playing their hand in terms of popularity over here.

I'm not alone in being seduced by a team with great English representation - the Warriors game last week was only the third game we've not had live.

It's got to be remembered, though, that this is never going to be more than a second team for any English rugby fan.

Generally, rugby league over here is still very working class and this is a group that has very little spare at the moment (although it will probably prove to be a golden era if Brexit happens).

I can't see people spending something they don't have to support their second team. I hope I'm wrong - I've developed a genuine affection for the Raiders and, from a macro point of view, any international cooperation can only be a good thing for the game.
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