I love Rugby League at many levels. But as usual, the spin coming from the RFL does nothing for me. I dont think the RFL have a clue and will just agree with the SL clubs instead of the game.Wood and Rimmer are clueless and have no leadership qualities to push the game forward. Wood has not addressed what his plans are or how he and the game will address the problems in the game. I want to know the following
What the RFL intend to do to improve standards both on and off the field in SL and the Championship?
What is the RFL planning to do so that we dont see further SL clubs announce massive money problems?
What is the RFL planning to do, to keep helping the Development of the game at amateur level especially in NE England, Midlands etc?
What is the RFLs plan regarding academy both at SL and Championship level?
How does he and the RFL intend to bring closer the various factions in the game?
I cant see anywhere in this statement or elsewhere that Wood, Rimmer and RFL have any idea on what to do and instead just agree with short term thinking of clubs. I am not alone in thinking Wood and Rimmer are the wrong people to lead our game and I cant see the various problems in the game getting any better. I think the many championship fans that refuse to watch the WC or SL have a problem with the administration of the game not the game itself. I know a number of Championship fans who follow Fev, Fax etc who follow the amateur game or involved in it. I know many amateur players and fans who dont attend ANY pro game what so ever. People like JohnM who call a number of Fev fans, non RL fans is typical of his arrogant attitude and belief the RFL and SL is so great. People have major issues with the RFL and how it does things. The RFL have driven a wedge between certain factions in the game. Instead of trying to mock or make fun of people JohnM and others including the RFL should be looking at why these people think this way and accept/understand why they feel this way.
I must admit that i wonder if the RFL have any strategic plan for where they would like to take the game. They just seem to react to everything as it comes up, flying by the seat of their pants. There are signs of planning like the expansion of CC1 and the regorganisation of the CC and the amateur game going mostly to a summer based competition, but then is this all joined up thinking. Is there any linkage with SL and it s problems and are they or are they not planning on reducing the size of the super league and what is the future of licencing?
It may be all part of a plan and vision for the future of the game but who knows. It would be good if they released a statement of where they see the game going. The fans would like to think there is some the leadership at the top with some idea of what they want for the gameand how they are going to get there.
Is Woods a direct replacement for Lewis or is there still a search going on for a new leader to replace Richard Lewis and, if so, how long is it going to take before he/she is appointed.