I read on twitter (usual suspects) yesterday that it is being proposed that the GB team is returning.
It was claimed by one that this will instantly strengthen the Celtic nations for the 2013WC. It probably will in terms of that tournament, but it won't accelerate the number of Celtic players of high enough standard. All that will happen is some players will discover they are related to a highland terrier and fancy a run out for Scotland. They will suffer mysterious injuries for almost every other Scotland game and perhaps pop up at the next big game. That's false representation in my eyes.
To me, this utterly sums up why RL is in the state it is regional and development wise. Rather than develop things from the bottom up and see if it grows (which is what happens now), pressure is put on the 'authorities' by vocal critics to get an instant result. When it doesn't work instantly, these same critics are lambasting the same authorities as incompetent and they need to do such and such instead.
I welcome the idea of a GB team but only when the player pool warrants it. To do it anytime soon is just false. If a player turns out for say, Scotland in the 2008 WC, and then changes his allegiance to England a bit later, it suggests to me that this player wasn't actually very Scottish to begin with. Nor is the alternative to pack the teams full of Aussies either. The only true way to do it, is wait. But why wait when we can try and fix it in 5 minutes.
This is the part that worries me. The developments in Scotland, Wales and Ireland have not produced instant success, certainly in terms of giving the third best team in the world decent opposition, so let's chuck the whole thing in the bin. Like the withdrawal of support for outlying development areas in England, I fear this is just a cost-cutting exercise (bizarre, seeing as the RFL's finances have never been healthier).
Let's withdraw to the comfort zone of the traditional areas - Lancs/Yorks/Cumbria - put out a tri-county rep team, and try and pretend that it is Great Britain. No need, then, to put in all the effort and hard work into spreading the game.