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Other Senior Rugby / What future does our game have?
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:41:54 PM »
Four former All Black captains in the Sunday times today (on head injuries)
"Kids are starting the game but leave in alarming numbers in their late teens. They see a game that has become too brutal, too violent, too likely to result in brain injury.  A game where there is too little space for creativity and too many people looking for high velocity collisions"

I've consistently said this for a number of years....The game is killing the game. We need to go back to a game of evasion as the first instinct, not contact.

I worry for senior men's playing number if the game does change.

Yorkshire 3 / New Moderators required
« on: May 24, 2022, 08:07:31 PM »
Hello Y3.

At least one and possibly two new Mods are required for this board.

The main attributes required are commen sense and a commitment to upholding rugby core values.

If interested please PM me.

Yorkshire 2 / Moderators
« on: May 24, 2022, 08:05:10 PM »
Please welcome Gateprop to join Ribb Ex as Y2 mods.

Remember to respect rugby core values on the message board.


Regional Two (North & North East) / The final full weekend
« on: April 23, 2022, 12:58:56 PM »
Good luck everyone and after two crappy years it's good that we have pretty much completed a season.

All clubs will be playing less rugby next season and according to the RFU that means that players will be flooding back into the game. Let's see.

It will be interesting to follow the score updates today...

I understand Pristine and Differ have a wager of how long it will take Driffield to put 70 on Scarborough?

Regional Two (North & North East) / Scarborough v B&B
« on: March 18, 2022, 11:21:51 AM »

Bees can't raise a side.


Regional Two (North & North East) / No excuses. - Sat 19th
« on: February 18, 2022, 07:37:08 AM »
Having looked at the forecast across all fixture areas I can't see any reason why matches should be off tomorrow. There is an outside chance there may be a postponement due to waterlogged pitch but the more likely outcome is heavy pitches. Proper old fashioned stuff. Some clubs like Brods, Pock and Malton play on farmers fields all the time so no change there!!

Bradford & Bingley v Ilkley
The bees will postpone for nefarious reasons.

Heath v Cleckheaton
As long as the sewage overflow river which runs past the pitch doesn't overflow then I predict Heath should squidge their way to victory here.

Morley v Morpeth
A close one to predict however i think Morpeths good run will continue and they should win a tight game away at morley.

Pocklington v Consett
Assuming the plough hasn't cut up the pitch too much Pock should run out easy winners.

Scarborough v Durham City
The small Scarborough squad continues to be tested but what a great thing to give yet another promising colt their debut. Tight game but should be a home win.

Driffield v Moortown
Two similar teams so should be a good entertaining match but home advantage should be enough to edge the match for Drif.

Malton and Norton v Old Brodleians
Arguably the two clubs with the worst pitches in the league slugging it out ankle deep in slop. Malton know how to play their patch so they should nick this one.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Tribute
« on: February 17, 2022, 02:26:20 PM »
"Evesham RFC would like to share a message of thanks for the wonderful support, strength and comfort provided by the rugby community after the tragic loss of their much-loved player Jack Jeffery, aged 27.

A tribute is planned in Jack’s honour this weekend, should you wish to join other clubs in paying respects.

As a show of solidarity and support, a number of clubs across the country will be holding a minute’s applause ahead of their fixtures, with many also retiring the number 11 shirt this weekend"

A Tribute to a player who died n a community match is something im.sure we can all support.

We will at Scarborough assuming Durham agree.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Preview and reaction Sat 12th Feb
« on: February 09, 2022, 01:21:43 PM »
Consett V Morley
Battle of the average here, neither team doing much this season but home advantage should be enough for Consett

Durham City V Pocklington
Another tricky one to call. Durham struggling but Pock aren't exactly pulling up trees. Again I'll go for home advantage and a narrow win for Durham

Ilkley/Esher V Heath
Match of the day with Ilkley benefiting from the return of 48 players who were missing last week who will all be fighting for place in the team alongside the Esher backup squad. Very tight match between two highflying sides but my instinct is that Ilkley will run away as comfortable winners.

Malton and Norton V Scarborough
Local derby so all bets are off and form goes out the window. This is home advantage V current form. (Although before last week Maltons form wasn't too shabby either). All my experience of derbies gives the home side a huge advantage so the head says.......

Old Brodleians V Moortown
The mobile kitchen of the MBH will fire up the engine (run on a combination of old ghee and diesel syphoned out of the cars of visiting supporters) and all pile in for the trip to Mount Brodleians. Battle of style between the free flowing poppadum munchers and the umpa lumpas of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Brods. I think MBH will nick this one.

Morpeth V Bradford & Bingley
Over a hundred sadly.

Cleckheaton V Driffield
See separate thread but I'll go for home victory in a close high scoring match.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Loan players - a poll.
« on: February 08, 2022, 06:10:54 AM »
Let's gauge thoughts on the use of loan players.
Poll on for 7 days and guests can vote.

Yorkshire 4 / 2 new Moderators required
« on: January 31, 2022, 08:40:47 PM »
Hi Y4

The two mods for this Board have not been active for a long time.. I am therefore looking for two more volunteers.

You get the drift...need to be sensible, uphold rugby values  and be able to keep people a) in check and b) chatting.

Any volunteers??

Yorkshire 2 / New Moderator
« on: January 31, 2022, 02:25:36 PM »
I have added "Ribb Exile in Lancs" as a Moderator for this Board to keep the kids in order.

Hope you don't mind Mr Exile.

Your new powers should be apparent.

Let's assume it's a usual year with one or two being promoted.
In my opinion the top three will be (in alphabetical order) Driffield, Heath and Ilkley. So we'll stick to them for this thread.

What does it take to be successfully promoted to the next league up and how do each club fair?

1) Strength in depth. In practice this means large 1st and 2nd team squads and the 2nd team being close to the 1st team in quality. This makes a huge difference some...second teams are highly competitive and are, in practice, not much different to the first team. When you reach this position you have genuine strength in depth.

2) Geography. I firmly believe this makes a difference for two reasons. a) just simply for travel time. A club more centrally placed won't have ridiculously long travel times to contend with for most away games. b) availability of new players from other clubs. A club based around one of the main Yorkshire conurbations might be able to call on over 1000 players within a 25 to 30-minute travel time to the club. This travel time is probably what is deemed as being acceptable for attracting new players. When a club moves up to a new level it always acts as a magnet to some close-by players at other clubs but only if the clubs are close by!

3) Financial resources. Yes yes I know nobody is paid in UK rugby anywhere. But each leaue you go up the costs increase, travelling expenses, coaching costs,  other costs ..it's just a fact of life you only need to look at publicly available club accounts to see this.

4) Age profile of the players. Younger players particularly single ones without families are normally very happy to travel long distances. Older players with families and children are sometimes slightly more reluctant to give up 12 hour days with their children stuck at home. It's a real world problem to consider.... sudden retirements often hit promoted clubs.

I have my own views but thought I'd see if anyone wanted to start off assessing the three clubs above (or other clubs at the top) by the various criteria.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Time for a good old fashioned POLL
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:36:36 AM »
Simple poll. I've allowed guests to vote.

We'll run this for a week and then close it off.

Happy voting!

Regional Two (North & North East) / Pocklington International Barbarians
« on: January 21, 2022, 09:14:32 AM »
I'm really looking forward to seeing Pocklingtons international superstars play tomorrow.
What a coincidence and such good luck that international players should walk into Pocklington when they were near the bottom of the league and struggling earlier on this season.

And what a difference it has made... a huge improvement.

In the long run it should save them a lot of money because it demonstrates that their mini and youth section isn't needed now...😁😁😁

Congratulations to Pocklington for showing us all the way forward for the future of rugby.


Regional Two (North & North East) / How many clubs in Yorkshire can say...
« on: December 12, 2021, 04:23:00 PM »
....they are the hometown club of the World Player of the Year?

Quite outstanding achievement by Scarborough girl and former mini and junior player Zoe Aldcroft, who is not only an England Player but now Women's World Player of the Year!!!

Well done Zoe.

Yorkshire can be proud... Scarborough RUFC certainly is!

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