in addition, without the pulling power of SuperLeague as it is now, I don't think there would be semi pro RL in Gateshead, London, Hemel, Oxford, North and South Wales, Gloucester and soon Coventry.
The relentless march of rugby union, incl the higher salary cap in England, the lack of salary cap in France and no doubt other countries too would men the loss of our best SL talent our best semi-pro talent and after a number of years , our best emerging amateur talent. As the dominoes fall, so we'd lose unis. colleges and schools.
To be honest, I reckon we should had over the organisation and running of the game here to Australia..at least the don't seem to have this desire to drive the game back in time.
Are you saying that all the summer conference expansion, the development officers work, not funded by Sky, and the expansion into the armed forces, after great work by the RL Parliamentarians, the colleges, which pre date SL and Sky, and finally the CC1 expansion teams proposed and encouraged by the RFL are due to the drawing power of SL, the same drawing power which can't get 3,000 to watch its games at the Broncos. I don't think so.
The Australians don't need to retrench their game. They are the number one sport in their country and have just signed a billion dollar TV contract. If we had that in the UK, no one would be talking about a return to semi pro. I, for one, don't wish a return to semi pro but how do you propose to sustain the unsustainable SL without some reduction in salaries or even a return to semi pro. Just exactly where is the money coming from ?
If Salford go under and Cas and Hull KR and if Hughes and O'Connor refuse to put more money into London and Widnes and demand that they become self sustaining but they can't because the Sky money is not enough, just how do you propose that SL survives.?