Equally I could throw back that Ireland played England in a WC semi final (and pushed them close) before GB had disbanded, and therefore played in more 'proper games' than they currently do... I don't think that picking and choosing selected stats really makes either argument conclusive.
Ireland have never made the RLWC semi final.
Picking and choosing stats is one thing. Making them up is another.
What I'm getting at is that very little has changed since GB disbanded, despite folk saying that now is a far better scenario for these smaller teams.
How much do you expect to change in 4 years? It's long term we're looking at. Wales are producing more if their own players than ever.
What has definitely changed is that the likes of Danny Brough and Michael McIlorum have now opted to play for England instead of Scotland and Ireland, respectively.
Come this World Cup, do you think they'd have stuck with those nations if GB were still around? Surely they'd rather have a shot at winning the World Cup with their actual nation than sticking with their heritage nation? Has nothing to do with GB really.
I know that people argue that we need 'home grown' players representing these other home nations - and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment - but the reality is that will be years away from making these teams competitive on the international stage.
Yes, and? Is that a reason to give up and bring back GB? Absolutely not.
In contrast, if you look at NSW and Queensland, then they will look to recruit whatever players make them more competitive, hence the controversies over NZ-born players opting to play Origin.
I don't see how State of Origin is relevant at all?
My proposal would see the celtic nations playing more high profile games than they currently do, whilst also allowing their players to play for GB against Aus or NZ in the autumn internationals.
How does it? Your proposal doesn't rely in GB being in place. It also doesn't have any logic seeing that no Celtic players would even get into GB.
Your proposal basically relegates the home nations to B status (ala England Knights) and leaves us with one test nation, GB (which is effectively England as it is now).
The way we are now, we have four test nations.
I really cannot see any logic in having GB come back full time, nor can I see the logic in having them split up back to four home nations for the most important competition (the RLWC) if we're meant to be supposedly stronger as GB!