Please take a close look at Rugby Unions Guinness Premiership.
There's 12 "Elite Clubs" who have all the money and fans.
They take all the best talent off the rest of the clubs in the country.
That game has £10's of MILLIONS more to spend than ours
That game has a deep and wide infrastructure around the country
Yet if bottom club Sale go down it will be largely an M4 league.
Your ambitions for Rugby League far far outweigh what even Union can manage in reality.
Don't do me down, think about it and give me a considered reply......
Union is not making it's tier two clubs exist as feeder clubs to the Arriva premiership as you are contemplating for CC RL in your post. Rugby Union has not ring fenced its premier competiton. Rugby Union has p and r and has Leeds , Newcastle, Doncaster, Rotherham and Nottingham amongst others in it's championship division.
Rugby Union would love to have some of those teams in it's top division. Leeds for instance, a contrived merger such as you dream of for SL, would be welcomed and lauded if it could achieve Arriva premiership status. If the money lasts they will be back and, if they make a go of it, RL should worry. Newcastle will be back next season. I would hazard a guess that they would love Doncaster or Rotherham to be there also. They do not make all these potential top level teams be conveyor belts of juniors for the Saracens and Harlequins of their world.
Why do you think they tried to stop the promotion of London Welsh? In my opinion it is because they did not want to lose an outpost club in Newcastle who were relegated. They have enough home counties teams. Are Newcastle now playing on loan players from some Arriva club and expected to become their A team.? Ccertainly not?
RU have had some discussions to ring fencing their top Division a la SL. If they do, I would hazard a guess that they will increase the size and scope of the Arriva Championships by awarding licences to clubs in the North. I would be extremely surprised if they told the Northern clubs to stay at their present level, sign feeder club agreemments, and just keep on providing players for the elite, but that is what you are proposing RL does with any clubs we manage to establish in areas of the country outside our heartlands.The top tier RU clubs have to find/develop their own talent.
The top tier RL clubs should have to do the same, as they have been doing up until now. Our expansion clubs and I include Gateshead, Sheffield, the two Welsh clubs and even Doncaster in that group, as well as the newbies should be encouraged to grow and prosper and we will see if any can progress to a decent Cc level and then find financing to take the giant leap to SL status.
The game, as also RU, needs to grow to cover the whole country with as many SL clubs as possible. We should not be expanding merely for the new clubs to be brood mares to SL ambitions.I do not think any expansion teams, or any Northern CC teams will last very long following that recipe.
The RU are definitely not following that path. If we stagnate, however successful SL currently is ( and it's only a partial success), then eventually we will be overwhelmed by our very insularity.