TALKING SPORT - Rosler has his own FA Cup ambitions

THE FA Cup bandwagon rolls on for Latics!

The holders are through to the last 16 of the competition for just the third time in their history.

They were well worth their victory on Saturday against Crystal Palace and it just went to prove that, despite the mammoth fixture list this season, Uwe Rosler (right) is still taking the cup very seriously. Who knows what the future holds in the competition this year?

They are just two wins away from a Wembley return, in a semi-final, and we don’t have to delve too far back in the history books to learn anything is possible for this club. Indeed, Manchester United’s spectacular nosedive in form this season has made interesting viewing for none-Reds supporters.

And my favourite stat is that, since Wigan Athletic last lost in the FA Cup (in January 2012), United have been dumped out of it THREE times.

FROM Uwe Rosler’s first game to his most recent last Saturday, Latics had amassed 14 points from seven league matches. It’s an impressive statistic bettered only by two teams – Leicester, the leaders, and Middlesbrough, who they play tonight (Tuesday). It bodes well for the run-in.

IMAGINE, for a minute, if the Premier League bosses said they wanted to see more goals, so they decided to widen the goals.

They would be stopped.

They can be responsible for their own competition structure but, when it comes to the fabric of the sport itself, they need permission from the ruling authorities.

It would be a similar story in other sports.

But not in rugby league. The NRL has just announced a series of rule changes.

They already have golden point and two referees and, from this year, they’ll also have – among others – zero tackles from 20 metre restarts, taps from 40/20s instead of scrums, time-outs in the final five minutes, limits on a captain’s right to speak to a referee.... it goes on.

Ignore the merits of the rule changes.

This is about the arrogant way they have gone about making them – with minimal consideration to Super League, and without seeking permission from the Rugby League International Federation, a governing body which made a healthy profit with the World Cup but remains toothless.

The NRL isn’t acting as the most high-profile league in the sport. It’s acting as the sport itself.

And next, one of two things will happen. Super League will either copy what the NRL has done (as it recently did with a shoulder charge ban and corner flags not being in touch) – which means they will effectively be allowing bosses Down Under to dictate the rules over here.

Or they’ll ignore the changes – meaning the differences between the NRL and Super League will widen. I can’t say I’m comfortable with either.

A YOUNG lady told The Sun that her “face fell” when Man United player Adnan Januzaj took her on a date to Nando’s.

In other words, he acted like a regular 18-year-old. And that warranted a full page story.

The mind boggles.