How would you notice if the standard was appalling? Never does RU any harm anway
For me the standard is to have close games - not necessarily harlem globetrotting, or X-Men power
Best way to have close games is to make sure the best players are spread around, and that might mean a draft system for ANZACS
In the long run the standard would be much better for England, Wales and France as there'd simply be more professionals being top level
You actually have a good point with the bit in bold!
Personally, whilst I was dismissive of your idea, it was more about the fact that I don't think we are anywhere near ready to do that at the moment. I would love to see a French conference, but think this needs to be worked on over a period of time, likewise with getting 3 more English teams in.
My main concern, and going back to the point of the standard being appalling is due to the attitude of the average RL fan in this country. Yep, I know that Union and Football have plenty of dire standard games, but for some reason RL fans are far more critical of their sport than other sport's fans IMHO.
I am happy with the principle of your post, but to suggest that we shouldn't have just put 1 French team in, and we should have had these 21 teams just seems a bit reckless to me, and I would love to see a 10-12 year strategy which has the ultimate aim of your suggestions (with tweaks).
We are already getting fans moaning now though that 14 teams is too many and the standard is lower, which isn't a view I share, but RL fans love to be vocal about the negative things in the game.