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Re: Toronto

Post by HuddsTigers » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:40 pm

Indeed. Nothing stopping them from playing Saturday then Thurs in the UK.
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Re: Toronto

Post by Squaddie86 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:59 pm

Bolton-tiger wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:32 am
HuddsTigers wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:02 pm
They will play their loop fixtures first so all teams only have to travel to Toronto once each.

The article says they are looking at double headers for the first few home games.

Thurs/Fri night games is a non-starter for the fact that Toronto is 6 hours beyond or so. Means it will be 1-2am in the UK fans. Won’t be good for Sky or for fans.

The compromise for me is that Toronto TV games are chosen for Saturday and the Thurs night games are dropped that week.
If they dont play thursdays or fridays then they have an advantage of a longer turn around where other clubs who have to play thursdays and fridays might only get a 4 day turn around so stright away they have an advantage over other clubs which stright away makes it abit unfair.rfl shouldnt move the goal post to suit torronto,torronto should neet everything the other sl clubs meet ie play thursdays and fridays
That to me is not really much different from teams who play all their home games on Fridays regardless of TV - teams like Wigan and Saints spring to mind. In any case I'm sure that Toronto will find themselves playing away games on Thursday nights just like everyone else. Sky will want one of their biggest selling points to advertisers on the TV.

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Well I can't wait to go me. I hope we miss the expensive weeks.

I pre looked for June and it was about £300 flights and hotels ranged depending how nice you want it.
Im guessing the expensive weeks would be around Easter (2nd weekend in April i think next year) Canada Day (early July) and Labour Day (early September). They could have a bank holiday weekend in May but not sure when.

Yeah Canada Day is definitely expensive, I went for the Canada day game in 2016 v York City Knights and think return flights were around £800, and that was flying the cheapest midweek flights I could muster. I can't really speak for Hotel prices because whilst mine were expensive, it was a proper expensive hotel we stayed at as I took the family over for a holiday to celebrate something.

But yes, flights were expensive.

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Re: Toronto

Post by tigerfeat » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:17 pm

Reported to have offered Sonny Bill 4.8 million to join them for 2020 ...gosh
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Re: Toronto

Post by nottinghamtiger » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:37 pm

tigerfeat wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:17 pm
Reported to have offered Sonny Bill 4.8 million to join them for 2020 ...gosh
Don’t these teams ever learn?
Actually, Salford did. Having a couple of players paid so much more than anyone else in the squad breeds resentment and does nothing to help unity in the playing squad. When they signed the likes of Rangi, Tim Smith and Michael Dobson (among others) on massive contracts, they got nowhere.
SBW was a fantastic player and is still very good. But his injury record is just staggering. If they want to pay him that much, I think they are severely lacking in any sort of sports business acumen.

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Re: Toronto

Post by HuddsTigers » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:47 pm

Not so much about playing as it is commercial attractiveness and brand name pull.
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Re: Toronto

Post by mart0042 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:45 am

Sonny bill would be massive for the sport over here. If they can afford it, brilliant.

I hope they go for another aswell. Like to see these top players down the lane. I reckon it would put at least 1000 extra on the gate.

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Re: Toronto

Post by Fumper27 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:55 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/50299704

Sonny Bill Williams agrees to join Toronto on a 2 year deal. Will make his competitive debut against Castleford Tigers
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Re: Toronto

Post by tigerfeat » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:58 am

massive coup for them and the sport ,cant wait for that first game
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Re: Toronto

Post by nottinghamtiger » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:16 pm

On the plus side, it will raise the profile of the game and the Toronto club.
But I can’t help thinking they are making an expensive mistake in terms of on-field success. We’ve seen in the past that having one or two superstars doesn’t work when the rest of the squad are not SL standard.
They’ve now used up their two marquee spots for next year and beyond SBW and a couple of others who are decent SL-level players, I don’t see enough quality or depth to make me think they won’t go straight back down.
SBW is also 34 with a horrific injury record in recent years.
From a PR point of view, it’s probably a winner.

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Re: Toronto

Post by tigerfeat » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:25 pm

I watched some of the all blacks game against Wales he looks super fit still and some of the passes he got away few players in super league could do
Wether financially it's correct remains to be seen like
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Re: Toronto

Post by heritage1926 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:03 pm

nottinghamtiger wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:16 pm
On the plus side, it will raise the profile of the game and the Toronto club.
But I can’t help thinking they are making an expensive mistake in terms of on-field success. We’ve seen in the past that having one or two superstars doesn’t work when the rest of the squad are not SL standard.
They’ve now used up their two marquee spots for next year and beyond SBW and a couple of others who are decent SL-level players, I don’t see enough quality or depth to make me think they won’t go straight back down.
SBW is also 34 with a horrific injury record in recent years.
From a PR point of view, it’s probably a winner.
IMO, this is one of them signings where Toronto are doing it for more than just what they get on the field from him.

SBW is a rare commodity in Rugby League, his stock is massive all over the world. For Toronto to get his services, even this late in his career and regardless of what money he earns, is massive for Super League.

Attendances will increase because fans will want to see a player of his calibre at their own ground, Toronto and the brand Super League are now being talked about across all Social Media world wide.

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Re: Toronto

Post by Nobody » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm

heritage1926 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:03 pm
nottinghamtiger wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:16 pm
On the plus side, it will raise the profile of the game and the Toronto club.
But I can’t help thinking they are making an expensive mistake in terms of on-field success. We’ve seen in the past that having one or two superstars doesn’t work when the rest of the squad are not SL standard.
They’ve now used up their two marquee spots for next year and beyond SBW and a couple of others who are decent SL-level players, I don’t see enough quality or depth to make me think they won’t go straight back down.
SBW is also 34 with a horrific injury record in recent years.
From a PR point of view, it’s probably a winner.
IMO, this is one of them signings where Toronto are doing it for more than just what they get on the field from him.

SBW is a rare commodity in Rugby League, his stock is massive all over the world. For Toronto to get his services, even this late in his career and regardless of what money he earns, is massive for Super League.

Attendances will increase because fans will want to see a player of his calibre at their own ground, Toronto and the brand Super League are now being talked about across all Social Media world wide.
What will it do for team morale with him being on big money though? He'll be getting paid in two seasons what it will take some players to earn in a life time.

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Re: Toronto

Post by the machine » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:32 pm

Im sure the likes of Brierley and Ackers will get over it fairly quickly that they're not being paid a kings ransom like their newly acquired worldwide recognized superstar
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Re: Toronto

Post by heritage1926 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:59 pm

Nobody wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm
heritage1926 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:03 pm
nottinghamtiger wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:16 pm
On the plus side, it will raise the profile of the game and the Toronto club.
But I can’t help thinking they are making an expensive mistake in terms of on-field success. We’ve seen in the past that having one or two superstars doesn’t work when the rest of the squad are not SL standard.
They’ve now used up their two marquee spots for next year and beyond SBW and a couple of others who are decent SL-level players, I don’t see enough quality or depth to make me think they won’t go straight back down.
SBW is also 34 with a horrific injury record in recent years.
From a PR point of view, it’s probably a winner.
IMO, this is one of them signings where Toronto are doing it for more than just what they get on the field from him.

SBW is a rare commodity in Rugby League, his stock is massive all over the world. For Toronto to get his services, even this late in his career and regardless of what money he earns, is massive for Super League.

Attendances will increase because fans will want to see a player of his calibre at their own ground, Toronto and the brand Super League are now being talked about across all Social Media world wide.
What will it do for team morale with him being on big money though? He'll be getting paid in two seasons what it will take some players to earn in a life time.
Who knows, but I'm sure the English contingency over there are pretty stoked to get the chance to play with SBW.

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Re: Toronto

Post by lurcher » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:52 pm

Nobody wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm
heritage1926 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:03 pm
nottinghamtiger wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:16 pm
On the plus side, it will raise the profile of the game and the Toronto club.
But I can’t help thinking they are making an expensive mistake in terms of on-field success. We’ve seen in the past that having one or two superstars doesn’t work when the rest of the squad are not SL standard.
They’ve now used up their two marquee spots for next year and beyond SBW and a couple of others who are decent SL-level players, I don’t see enough quality or depth to make me think they won’t go straight back down.
SBW is also 34 with a horrific injury record in recent years.
From a PR point of view, it’s probably a winner.
IMO, this is one of them signings where Toronto are doing it for more than just what they get on the field from him.

SBW is a rare commodity in Rugby League, his stock is massive all over the world. For Toronto to get his services, even this late in his career and regardless of what money he earns, is massive for Super League.

Attendances will increase because fans will want to see a player of his calibre at their own ground, Toronto and the brand Super League are now being talked about across all Social Media world wide.
What will it do for team morale with him being on big money though? He'll be getting paid in two seasons what it will take some players to earn in a life time.
agree with this mate but can't wait to see him. i know he's fit though but he's 34 and his body has been through a lot.
wonder how many times he'll be named in the team only to drop out at the last minute once every one is in the ground.
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