Where there's a will, there's a way. There was supposed to be a GB tour this year, after all, within the very calendar whose virtues you are now using to argue that such things cannot be accomodated. It didn't happen, but that doesn't mean it could never happen.
No one wanted to play GB and, anyway, this is the year that is to disappear from the international schedule (we've had a 5 year gap between WCs, it will be 4 from now on).
Did anyone of those people paying to watch the GB football team give a stuff about any of that? Didn't look that way to me. And most of the grounds were full to see them play.
Probably not, although I suspect the Olympic crowds won't be the regulars turning up to support their national teams at Hampden, Wembley, Millennium or Windsor. They were there, primarily, to watch an Olympic event rather than a meaningful football international. Besides, I think you made a point about bringing politics into the occasion - that certainly happened here via the gutter press!
Another thing is that had a rugby league tournament been held at London 2012, I'm sure the stadiums would have been packed with enthusiastic spectators. They wouldn't necessarily have been there because they were keen on the game, just that they wanted to see an Olympic event. Their enthusiasm probably wouldn't translate itself into greater support for international rugby league. Surely the potential support for the international game in England - the support over and above what we have for the club game - wants to see an England team, in England shirts, with an English identity (identity, not brand!) take the field, not a combined team.
I know that in soccer I want to see Scotland (well, perhaps not so much at the moment), not Great Britain. The latter would be much too much like kissing your sister.
I wouldn't expect players to do anything they don't want to do. Sing the anthem, don't sing the anthem, it's up to them. If the papers make a fuss, good! Better than being ignored!! No one forced Brian Carney's arm up his back to play for GB. He could have turned down the invitation. Maybe he thought the opportunity to play against the best in the world was a more important consideration, an opportunity that he would never have now, the way we organise the international game. Is that really progress?
"Sing the anthem, don't sing the anthem" - the hysteria we witnessed during the Olympics notwithstanding, surely a representative side should have shirts/flags/emblems/anthems that the team can unite around and be inspired by. And this comes back to my point about why we had a GB team in the first place - to take advantage of the quality Welsh players (mainly) to increase the chances against Australia.
"No one forced Brian Carney's arm up his back" - no, but the RFL changed the name of the team to GB & Ireland, changed the badge to include all four nations, introduced green piping around the collar, just to incorporate Brian Carney in the team. And then they forget about the anthem - are the game's officials so ignorant as to think it appropriate to play GSTQ for an Irish team (or a team that includes Ireland)? Can you imagine how that would have gone down in places like Cork and Limerick?
If we're eventually to have a combined side again, let's do it right.