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Yorkshire 1 / Honest Opinions Only...
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:36:46 PM »
https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/adult-male-future-competitions-structure-from-season-202223

Right so I am sure any avid forum users or club officials will be aware of this. Who is this catering for? I see no appetite for this across any of the clubs I have travelled to. WPL 2's will be mopping up all other lower league clubs talent and it will spoil what is a fantastic Yorkshire league set up.

This is a threat to community rugby and it must be stopped!

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Yorkshire 1 / Proposed League Structures
« on: April 04, 2021, 01:31:22 AM »
https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/approval-of-future-competition-structure-202223-in-the-adult-male-game?jwsource=cl

So this really needs to be discussed. I'm open to hearing opinions but what I'm sure we'd all agree on is that diluting the game with less fixtures in the leagues is a terrible idea. Rugby has come on along way since the early 2000s, and it would be a waste to take a step back. We should not be pandering to the younger snowflakes to make it more flexible, and lose the team spirit, family involvement and large crowds of the past. We have to realise it's just as much of a commitment off the pitch and that means buy in for training, fitness and matches for players/coaches/families/communities etc.

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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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