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Yorkshire 1 / The WilyJ Coronavirus Quiz
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:16:49 PM »
Good evening gentlemen, I hope you all enjoy my quiz. Answers will be posted after we have some guesses rolling in... Please feel free to continue the thread, or message me if you'd like to host your own another week. Yours in knowledge, WilyJ.

1. On the theme of pandemics… Which team had to withdraw from the leagues in 2002 when they suffered an outbreak of syphillis amongst their squad?

2. Who highlighted the issues with concussion in Yorkshire rugby and led to the national movement researching concussion by the RFU?

3. Which Yorkshire 1 team was exposed in the 2014/15 season for paying their U8’s in strawberry laces?

4. Which team, heavily reliant on NZ/Pacific Island talent, are facing disastrous consequences if international flight restrictions are not lifted before next season?

5. Which team has controversially banned their players from commenting on the forums?

6. Which Moortown signing, thinking they were hot property, recently tried to list themselves on the stock market?

7. Which team are renowned for their post-match pranks involving a blowpipe and some flour?

8. Who was the top try scorer in all of Yorkshire in 1978? Clue, floats like a Wily, stings like a Jim…

9. What percentage of the forum in 2016 voted in favour of scrapping Yorkshire 4?

10. Which team are so boring that the government model of social distancing was based on them?

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Yorkshire 2 / The WilyJ Coronavirus Quiz
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:16:01 PM »
Good evening gentlemen, I hope you all enjoy my quiz. Answers will be posted after we have some guesses rolling in... Please feel free to continue the thread, or message me if you'd like to host your own another week. Yours in knowledge, WilyJ.

1. On the theme of pandemics… Which team had to withdraw from the leagues in 2002 when they suffered an outbreak of syphillis amongst their squad?

2. Who highlighted the issues with concussion in Yorkshire rugby and led to the national movement researching concussion by the RFU?

3. Which Yorkshire 1 team was exposed in the 2014/15 season for paying their U8’s in strawberry laces?

4. Which team, heavily reliant on NZ/Pacific Island talent, are facing disastrous consequences if international flight restrictions are not lifted before next season?

5. Which team has controversially banned their players from commenting on the forums?

6. Which Moortown signing, thinking they were hot property, recently tried to list themselves on the stock market?

7. Which team are renowned for their post-match pranks involving a blowpipe and some flour?

8. Who was the top try scorer in all of Yorkshire in 1978? Clue, floats like a Wily, stings like a Jim…

9. What percentage of the forum in 2016 voted in favour of scrapping Yorkshire 4?

10. Which team are so boring that the government model of social distancing was based on them?

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Yorkshire 3 / Modernising the Forums
« on: August 23, 2018, 06:50:36 PM »
Alright now chaps, it has been a long, long time since this forum got an update. To me it's like a stagnant pond - could be beautiful, just needs a deep clean. These days the kids (and bloody students!) have more emoticons on their phone than you can shake a flimsy match programme at. While we are stuck here with 15 - thats right - FIFTEEN! No wonder the club colts and young professionals don't want to hang out on here. We need to liven it up.

So I gave it some thought and why settle for just updating the forum... Why not revolutionise it? I have been in extensive talks with app developers and some less senior figures in the RFU. We believe there is certainly a market for developing a Yorkshire Rugby App. Contains all the latest weekly gossip - yes you guessed it - 1.) Bradford Salem forking out hundreds for a few Tongan islanders 2.) Bramley Phoenix yet again with another disciplinary meeting etc etc. Also contains footage from games, including "The WilyJ Yorkshire Try of the Week", other NSFW clips including some dirty, dirty footwork from York RI leading to yet another hammering for Sheffield Oaks. And of course, all the regular tick box app material, league tables, fixtures, club house of the week etc.

Let me know your thoughts and let's get this off the ground. It could bring some more lively debate onto these forums.

Yours in rugby excellence,
WilyJ

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Yorkshire 1 / RFU Redundancies
« on: June 03, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
Is anyone else aware of the impending RFU redundancies? I've got some contacts at Keighley and it's started spreading round.
ALL RFU staff have now been put into a redundancy consultation process, essentially major personnel cuts are coming.

Why are these coming? Jury is out, but likely - Current senior team failing (RWC2015 + last 6 nations) is going to cost the community game field staff. Likely compounded by the overspend (millions!) on the stadium stand.

Be interested to hear what the consensus or here is for losing RDO's, CRC's, Funding and facility managers etc. Seems ridiculous in my opinion and would only result in a backwards step!

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Yorkshire 3 / RFU Fixtures
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:49:36 PM »
Right ladies and gentlemen,

I've seen the chaos across the last few seasons regarding pre season fixtures and beyond. It was about time something happened on this. This may be particularly useful for your 2nd XV teams or any clubs in Yorkshire 4 after the opposition inevitably cancel when they realise the standard is so poor.

I've just come out a board meeting with some extremely important Yorkshire RFU officials... I won't name names but one successfully managed the transition from internationally renowned rap star (think Bump 'N Grind) to senior Yorkshire RFU committee member. Enough said?*

My important meetings aside, here is the advice...

'YORKSHIRE SENIOR RUGBY FIXTURE EXCHANGE
- if you need to find that last minute game you can find it on WhatsApp

Tell your Fixture Sec, Team Managers and Captains (esp lower teams) to save Helen Colclough's  number (+44 7795 014689) in their phone, and then to message her on WhatsApp.

This is the official channel for ALL Yorkshire clubs this season.'

Bleed white,
Wily J

*if you're still struggling... http://yorkshirerfu.pitchero.com/page/contacts/officers-2015-16/county-officers-2016-17-604/

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Seeking Fixtures / Seeking Fixtures - RFU Advice
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:46:31 PM »
Right ladies and gentlemen,

I've seen the chaos across the last few seasons regarding pre season fixtures and beyond. It was about time something happened on this. This may be particularly useful for your 2nd XV teams or any clubs in Yorkshire 4 after the opposition inevitably cancel when they realise the standard is so poor.

I've just come out a board meeting with some extremely important Yorkshire RFU officials... I won't name names but one successfully managed the transition from internationally renowned rap star (think Bump 'N Grind) to senior Yorkshire RFU committee member. Enough said?*

My important meetings aside, here is the advice...

'YORKSHIRE SENIOR RUGBY FIXTURE EXCHANGE
- if you need to find that last minute game you can find it on WhatsApp

Tell your Fixture Sec, Team Managers and Captains (esp lower teams) to save Helen Colclough's  number (+44 7795 014689) in their phone, and then to message her on WhatsApp.

This is the official channel for ALL Yorkshire clubs this season.'

Bleed white,
Wily J

*if you're still struggling... http://yorkshirerfu.pitchero.com/page/contacts/officers-2015-16/county-officers-2016-17-604/

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Yorkshire 1 / Big Summer Signings
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:22:06 PM »
I hear it's been a very busy summer on the transfer market.

My sources tell me that Moortown have secured a back row signing from National 2 club Harrogate's 2nd team.

Clearly a statement of intent from them. My only question is who is bank rolling this one, those players don't come cheap...

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Yorkshire 3 / Pre Season with Wily
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:18:41 AM »
Gentlemen I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the blistering 30 degree heats Yorkshire has recently been experiencing. I have cancelled my yearly holiday to Spain as a result - My fair skin has already taken a battering from the vicious Yorkshire sun.

Anyway on to more serious matters, many of the more experienced and wiser members on here will realise the huge gap between Yorkshire 2 and Yorkshire 3. My aim over the last few years has been to combat this using my visionary expertise and experience. My first real success was Wetherby (who I admit I used to have mixed feelings for), and I aim to improve more clubs over the coming seasons.

I've had many spectators coming up to me and asking for my advice on this. One big area I've highlighted is pre season. Now for most of the players in this league that involves pies and pubs - not pointing fingers but I've heard rumours about front rowers securing pub loyalty cards...

Another request the spectators and club managers have asked for is pre season training with a real focus on group workouts.

After much deliberation I'm going to put on a new series of 'Legs, Bums and Tums' workouts. There will be a real focus on improving tone and curvature whilst maintaining flexibility and a strong core. I've already had 12 members subscribe (one particular club has made it compulsory!) to these so please reply on here if interested.

In terms of the other sessions I'm going to offer - I've gone down a more traditional approach for my 'hit and run' sessions. For this I've recruited some Yorkshire 4 players to act as tackle pads. At the moment they're keen but want to keep the session details to a minimum to avoid scaring them off. All I'll say it will be fun, frantic and good if you like boxing.

Places will be free for any Yorkshire 3 players who have donated to Gregg Bayliss's charity marathon run for the RFU injured players foundation next year (link here - http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg). For Yorkshire 4 players there will be a £10 administration fee.

Thanks for the time gents, let the sign ups begin!

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Other Senior Rugby / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:54:54 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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North One / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:53:55 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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Yorkshire 4 / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:52:55 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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Yorkshire 3 / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:52:04 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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Yorkshire 2 / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:51:36 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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Other Senior Rugby / RFU Injured Players Foundation
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:50:38 AM »
Gentlemen, as you may be aware I have been heavily involved in the RFU during my time (I hate to say how many years!) and a friend of a friend has asked me to pass on this message onto the forums. Gregg Bayliss, RFU development officer and coach of LM&D will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2018. They say "a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", so let's dig deep and show this couldn't be further from the truth!

"Hi - you may be aware that during Leeds Medics + Dentists final game last season one of our players had a serious spinal injury.

I have decided to run the Virgin London Marathon 2018 to raise monies for RFU Injured Players Foundation, who provide immediate and lifelong support to rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.

We, Leeds Medics, saw first hand the fantastic support the IPF gave to our player and his family.

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/VLM2018-Gregg

Although serious injuries in rugby are rare, the work of the IPF is invaluable. Your donation will help support the whole rugby family.

Cheers, Gregg
- LMD Coach + RFU Development Officer"

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Yorkshire 3 / The WilyJim Team of the Season
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:48:27 PM »
As we approach the tail end of the season, as is tradition, we announce the Wily Jim team of the year. This is made up of all the individuals who have excelled on the field consistently throughout the season.

The WilyJim First XV 2016/17

1.) Old Otliensians – Paddy Phipps – Weighty and girthy, Paddy has really made his mark this season (check his favourite patch of grass where he flops after collapsing the scrum). Also receives a bonus point for not having one of those dodgy beards many Y3 props have grown this season. Joking aside, one of the most consistent tacklers and ball carrying props around.

2.) LMD - Jamie Beans - Blood sugars gone all haywire, this guy has energy to burn and you better believe it. Often found scuttling through the legs of opposition, you’ll have to watch out for his show 'n' go - Blink and you'll miss him.

3.) Aireborough – Rich Lister – aka “A Lister” – When he’s not mingling with the stars in Leeds city centre, Rich makes a fine contribution to the Aireborough pack. Though only joining in 2015, this man has rocketed through the ranks to become the current captain. A slip up in the scrum and you’ll end up in his car boot. Leads by example, never takes a backwards step – all you want in a prop, right?

4.) Northallerton – Martin Dennison - This big guy revealed the secret behind his strong performances – it’s called “Farmfit” – Northallertons version of Crossfit – focussing on hay bail lifts and tractor pulls. No, you wont find him on instagram, but you’ll see him working hard in the engine room for his fans on the touchline.

5.) Baildon - Tom Peel – Am I right in thinking this is Baildon Boatracer with the p i s s coloured scrum cap? Terrible chat on the forums but luckily we’re not being judged on that today. A towering presence in the lineout, and with a strong track record of 1 or 2 illegal turnovers every game, this guy has to be in.

6.) Halifax Vandals – Dan Mitchell – One of the hardest hitters in the league - a bit off balance with your footing and you’ll be hurtling back towards your own try line. His hair merges in with his beard so well you won’t know whether you’re up, down or sideways. Combined with the concussion you’ll no doubt be wondering if the paramedic is your dad.

7.) Harrogate Pythons – Sandy Dunlop - This guy is so good at getting turnovers I’ve even warned his own team mates not to get too close. Reportedly works his way through a tub of hair wax after every game, backing up his motto of “Look good, feel good, play good”.

8.) Knottingley - Captain - Apparently turned down a lucrative contract with Bradford Salem to stick with Knottla’ this season. Big guy with a big heart, his inspirational team talks will have you dabbing away at your eyes on the sideline.

9.) Harrogate Pythons - Gareth Drane - A strict vegan diet has allowed him to stay lean and athletic whilst maintaining a strong ethical stance on the environment. Can’t argue with the results… His box kicks would give Danny Care a good run for his money.

10.) Goole - Rhys Moore - Son of Roger, it therefore won't come as a surprise that this guy plays hard and fast. The only thing he's on a mission to get is moore points. Deadly with his boot, you'll be paying for penalties 60m out.

11.) Goole - Jamie Shands - aka "shandy" - A good bloke who has been one of the driving forces behind Gooles successful performances this season. Give him half a yard and you'll be grasping a chunk of turf with your face in the mud. Sadly his on field performances are slightly let down by persistently ordering shandies after the game.

12.) Wensleydale – Fergus Chapman - Like a lingering fart that won’t go away, you’ll find this solid ball carrier chipping away at your gain line for the full 80. Cheesy chat on the pitch but perhaps that’s just part and parcel of being from Wensleydale.

13.) Goole - Phil Neale - Or as he better known, "Insider" - This chap has had a torrid time with self-reported injuries, but when he plays he certainly backs up at least half the chat he dishes out on the forums. Runs a devastating “pissoff” line. (I genuinely thought he was going to get the ball). Honourable promotion from H20 technician that he was awarded by WJ two years ago.

14.) LMD - Oruç Reis - aka Barbarossa - For those uneducated please google - This feisty winger has had a strong finish to the season, pillaging and plundering his way to a few good scores. He's no Usain Bolt but once he gets riled up you better clear the path... Redbeard's coming for you.

15.) LMD - Bill Gardiner - Part time fullback, part time gardener. The only thing this guy mows is the opposition back line.

Manager: Wily Jim

Coach: Craig Bayliss – An insider report suggests he is a strong advocate of the “touch and pass” training method – can’t argue with the results.

H2O technician - Anyone from Yorkshire 4, that's all they're good for!

Honourable mentions:

2.) Knottingley – Steve “Bez” - a fantastic player but he does seem to have put on a few kilos this year - narrowly misses out.

8.) Baildon - Phil Wilson - previous playing experience with Bradford and Bingley means this guy knows a thing or two about high level rugby - a wise old head to bring on and close out a game.

1/3.) Knottingley - Marky Mark - Similar to Phil, brings a good amount of nouse to the side, and is up there with the best scrummagers in the league (if you're happy to turn a blind eye to the rules). But plays a little too close to the edge for my liking, so not this year I'm afraid Mark.

10.) Old Otliensians - Will Cooper – This lad is a bag of tricks - give him time and a few extra gains in the gym and it wont be long before you see him in the national leagues. You heard it here first.

2.) Aireborough - Nick Jackson – Claims he can play back row too but when should you ever trust a front rower! Nick plays on the edge and his stature alone has earned him a place in the WilyJ squad. Fact of the Day: Nick is also well regarded on the darts circuit in West Yorkshire. Whether it’s Friday night in the pub or Saturday afternoon on the pitch, his arrows are bang on target.

Yours in rugby,
Wily J

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