The AFL is in every mainland Australian state.
The NRL has missed out on two mainland states, and has been slow to expand the game in New Zealand. Expansion in New Zealand is crucial for the international aspect of the game.
Here are the clubs I would add, two every three years starting 2014, in order:
1. Perth and South Queensland/Brisbane II
2. Wellington and Papua New Guinea
3. South Queensland/Brisbane II and Adelaide.
4. Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast and Christchurch
The South Queensland team should be based in Ipswich and cover the area from Toowoomba to the west Brisbane suburbs.
It has more chance of building a fan base than Central Queensland.
We need three teams in New Zealand eventually. Wellington is probably better prepared than Christchurch at the moment.
The list above would have a total of 10 NSW teams, 6 Queensland teams, 1 ACT, 1 Victoria, 1 South Australia, 1 West Australia, 3 New Zealand, 1 Papua New Guinea.
It would promote international rugby league in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea nicely.
Total 24 teams, divided into two conferences of 12. Each team plays each member of its own conference twice, and each member of the other conference once. That gives a total of 23 games (less than the present 24).
Central Coast cannot flourish as long as there are nine Sydney clubs and Newcastle. One Sydney club has to fold before you can set up a team in the NSW Central coast.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 02 February 2012 - 03:06 PM.