Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:35 PM
Meanwhile, back on planet Earth where RL has little or no cash, needs a boost from meaningful internationals between sovereign countries and has a league structure with few gaps for additional fixtures none of these ideas will break even never mind make cash.
Can you see Wane/McDermott releasing Tomkins/Sinfield for a Probables/Possibles game played in front of a few thousand at Halifax - they'd get a slight strain that needed time to recuperate quicker than an RL fan can shout farce.
Sure the same candidates would be withdrawn from England v Celtic Tigers or England v France, but that would serve to make those games closer and MORE competitive. I would prefer to see regular mid-season games v Scotland, Ireland, France, Wales etc; (not all of them every season but enough to create a meaningful international programme). However I see the concern about a need for the England side to be challenged ahead of World Cups or 4 Nations and would advocate a short-term policy of the Celtic nations playing a mini-tournament then England (& France?) playing the Celtic Tigers. Regarding the French, we cannot bemoan their best youngsters getting tempted by union, then choose not to offer them internationals because they are not good enough at present.
The suggestion about a County based comp below SL level is a reasonable one - but it would have to be something manageable and attention grabbing.
Cumbria, South Yorks, North Yorks & Northumbria, West Yorks, Lancashire, Wales, Southern England and Midlands (could add Scotland or Ireland to this in future as a development tool)
9's competition played over a Bank Holiday weekend - possibly tied in with NRC final or similar.
Rugby League is a sport that desperately needs to expand its geographical supporter base and its player base. This imperative means that all other requirements are secondary until this is done.
All power in the game should be with governing bodies, especially international governing bodies.
Without these actions we will remain a minor sport internationally and nationally.