I happen to agree with you mate. There's been some tremendous work done. I'm a big fan of the way Hemel have come through and can see the potential in the Hertfordshire area as well as others.
You will quickly learn on these forums though that there tends to be 2 camps.
One will tell you it'll all fail cos you've no history behind you and not enough infrastructure - the other lot will tell you that it'll all fail if you haven't several million quid and 10k gates.
Well I only respond to try to exonerate myself from either camp.
What do you mean by "fail"??
I'd say failure is a club who go into Superleague, can't pay the maximum wage bills even with the TV money, don't compete, lose players, then get a new ground and can't fill that, then run out of investment. That's Salford - they have failed at what they tried to do. It's a fact but it's not a criticism.
I'd say failure is a CC club who spend all they have and manage to get into the Championship but with little money left don't compete and eventually step forward as the first club to formally become a feeder club to it's local SL neighbour. That's Hunslet - they have failed at what they tried to do. It's a fact but it's not a criticism.
I'd say massive success is a semi pro club from a non heartland area that went bus but came back, that wipes the floor with the heartland Championship clubs and takes the Championship Grand final. A massive success to be celebrated. Sadly the celebrations are curtailed by setting the club up with ambitions they can't (IMHO) achieve.
I'd say success is a semi pro club from a non heartland area miles and miles away managing to survive in CC1 and gently building a (small but important) RL culture such that schools play, amateurs play and people start getting interested. To me that's a success not just for the club but a monster success for the game and it's attempts to become a truly national sport. Insert one of several names here.
Then round the corner to me there's a club way down the amateur ladder who have moved into the north Leeds Rugby Union playing belt (where many other clubs have failed) and they run two teams and a womens side, are a great social club and have wonderful links all over, down the road is a student team who amazingly can take on semi pros in the Challenge cup. Two massive successes.
Success and failure is relative.
If people have an axe to grind they'll have a go, but in the considered debates I've had with many level headed people I think they cheer success at all levels and sympathise with failure.
As I say Dave when you find people being insulting and mean spirited about RL clubs there's usually some self interest axe grinding away......