Tony Smith, coach of Warrington Wolves.

Tony Smith, coach of Warrington Wolves. Photo: Getty Images

Sorry but Discord doesn't believe Warrington coach Tony Smith did anything wrong by helping Sydney Roosters prepare for the World Club Challenge.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has described it as "sad" that Warrington would help the Roosters tactically, including a video session and an opposed training session.*

But I take it as a compliment that one of the best teams in the world is asking for help from a Super League team, especially a team that did not manage to beat us in a huge game last year," he commented to The Star newspaper.

It's a good story - but if the Roosters were taking the Wolves under their wing at training, it's reasonable for them to expect something in return.

Smith may have coached England but like Roosters boss Trent Robinson, he's Australian. He doesn't owe Wigan anything, really.

One Super League club that is unwittingly helping Wigan is Huddersfield, who have to kick off the season a week early next Friday so the Warriors can travel to the southern hemisphere. Their coach, Paul Anderson, is not best pleased at the situation.

And have we forgotten that the England national coach is on the Sydney Roosters coaching staff? I'd assume HE is helping the Roosters, right?

* Wane later insisted to the Wigan Observer he was not concerned by the collusion

Lack of TV deal clarity hides figure disparity

Colleague Tony Hannan is correct in saying Super League's new deal with Sky can only be properly judged when - or if - we know how much money is involved.

Given that the NRL contract will certainly dwarf whatever the figure is, it's possible we will never be told.

But on the surface, these are positive times for the game in the UK, with a new sponsor announced and controversial competition structure bedded down for next year.

The season launch is at Event City in Manchester on Monday. Two more sponsors for the competition are likely to be announced there, or later in the week.

Tuqiri perfect candidate for Nines

The signing of Lote Tuqiri by South Sydney is another example of how our sport could benefit from a proper Nines circuit.

Tuqiri could keep playing indefinitely in Nines and his name would put bums on seats. Which brings me to the Cabramatta Nines. I'm not in Sydney right now but if I was, I'd be getting out there this Saturday.

 

Great stuff

Congratulations to Thailand for their 46-10 win over Japan (13 a side) at Redfern Oval last night.

 

Your comments

THANKS for last week's comments, as always. Mercurial MattyV makes a very, very good point about the dangers of the last five minutes of games being refereed differently than the first 75. Will we now just get time-wasting in minutes 70 to 75?

Taffy seemed to disagree with the rule changes but misunderstood my point: that the NRL is the shop window for a sport played by 500,000 people worldwide and as such should represent that sport, not just itself. Most people who have heard the word "rugby" don't even know there are two kinds. One-out rule changes further confuse a largely ignorant market.

This is my point to James: basketball does not have a parent code with which it is often confused. Basketball was invented in America, rugby league was not invented in Australia. Scrums have a role to play in taking six players out of the defensive line; I wouldn't be punting them.

Markyjj says rugby league isn't an international sport. It is, obviously, if only a small one. Something like handball is much, much bigger though.

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