Apologies - I was referring to the 2000 WC quarter final (but I suspect you knew that...). Either way, the point I was trying to make still stands.
Not really, as Ireland also made the quarter finals in 2008 in a completely different and more challenging format.
8 teams can make the quarter finals. It's hardly a barometer for the success of Ireland pre-GB split. It was a far bigger achievement that they made the quarters in the last RLWC when only 6 teams had the chance for the remaining spot.
My logic has never been concerned with Celtic players getting into GB - it is concerned with players of dual heritage opting to play for these Celtic nations as opposed to opting for England.
But I really don't agree with that as a reason at all. If anything, we should be aiming to get away from the plastic Paddy model as much as possible. It's something that people use to deride the international game (as well as those jumping ship when they see fit) and I'd never agree that we should use it as a reason to keep GB. If anything, I'd say it's even more of a reason to keep them split!
Why would the home nations be 'B' status? That's your terminology and viewpoint, not mine. I'm pretty sure that Queensland and NSW are not looked upon as 'B' status teams...
Because they aren't B teams. They are first choice teams. Wales, Ireland and Scotland would be feeder teams to GB as if any player was good enough (Carney, Cunningham & Harris for example) they wouldn't represent their home nation. That's why they're B teams and SoO sides aren't. It's not a viewpoint, it's what they actually would be.
Three of whom are light years away from ever being competitive, unless they rely on 'heritage' players in the short term.
As are France, but no one is suggesting we combine with them to form "Europe". Heritage and history shouldn't overcome logic.
Australia splitting into Queensland and NSW every year doesn't seem to do them any harm...
Because it's a legitimate competition between first choice sides in front of huge crowds an both sides feed into one side equally.
The Home Nations would be a complete one sided affair, with only one if them feeding into the main team after.
Not to mention QLD/NSW aren't even nations, and if they were then I'd probably trump at the likelihood that they'd stay split for internationals anyway to give the game more competitive nations (as well as the fact they get bigger crowds than Australia!).
I've provided my reasoning several times before - you just happen to disagree with it, which is fine. It doesn't look as though I'm going to convince you I'm right, just as you're not going to convince me you're right. Wouldn't it be boring if everyone agreed all the time?
I'm fine with people having a different opinion, and am happy to agree to disagree as long as the logic is there, but I just can't agree with your logic argument at all.