> I`m from Australia and have subscribed to Foxtel this year and will get
> see a few English RL games this year, but I`m not sure what the teams are
> like, could someone please help me.
It's difficult to predict how well the European teams will go. For one
reason, there are a good number of imports from Oz and NZ to be fitted in.
For another, most players have had a break before going into full time
training for the first time.
I don't think the European teams as a whole will really threaten the
Southern Hemisphere sides. The players here still aren't fit enough to play
at Aussie speed. The real difference will be in defence.
Saints won well last year but have player troubles at the moment. Bradford
could build on last season but have a new manager. Warrington look to have
bought well - last season they veered from brilliant to daft. Leeds are
rebuilding but I doubt any of their fans are very confident that they won't
need Headingley's cricket score board when they play Oz teams. Salford are
rebuilding their pack around Andy Platt and John Cartwright, so may be go
better than expected. Paris are being almost totally rebuilt around
Aussies, like London. Castleford looked out of their depth last season, and
may well drown in '97. Sheffield have a new management team and are
looking for new players, and like Oldham might just be there to make up
> And I`ll also be looking forward to
> seeing some English teams over here. I`m a Brisbane Broncos fan so we
> be playing London, Wigan and Halifax, how do you think they will go
> the Broncos, I remember when Wigan came to Brisbane that was a great game
> by Wigan they showed some great skills.
Wigan have looked a shambles administratively, and may not be the force
they were, but not many would bet against them doing the best of the
European sides. London have been training in Queensland, but we have no
news over here of anything, including player changes. Halifax beat Leeds in
a friendly, but out of those three I can only see Wigan troubling Brisbane.