I once thought the WCC should be played after the GF. However, it would cut into the current test season and push it later, and limit the potential to expand the number of test matches post season. International RL should be the pinnacle, literally "between nations" (from the Latin). Rather than a focus on trans-national club competition.
So, IMO, keep it where it is. Personally, I'd be more excited to see the Australia, NZ or England playing a midweek tour game against the other hemisphere's Grand Final winner or Challenge Cup winner. So, England (obviously with fringe/second string players) could have played the winner of the Dragons or Roosters before the Melbourne test match. Last year, the Kangaroos could've played the Cup winners Warrington midweek at HJ before before the weekend England test at Wigan, and the Kiwis played SL Premiers Leeds midweek at Headingley before the weekend test vs England at Huddersfield.
Cricket has always run tour matches before iconic series like the Ashes, or Australia-India, and they are popular. In long tour games, Australia played Sussex in 2009, Leicestershire in 2005, Essex, Somerset, Hampshire, Sussex & MCC in 3 day games in 2001. Then a bunch of other counties in One Day games in all those years. Rugby Union has brought back tour games in the last couple of years and they have hugely successful, attract large, often capacity crowds. Rugby League could do it too, and tour games would encourage the clubs to buy into international RL more, to support it and promote it more.
Edited by TheObserver, 02 October 2010 - 06:16 AM.