I think people forget that things weren't so rosy when P&R was in place. Clubs used to complain they didn't get enough time to pull a decent team together when they were promoted, and usually had woeful squads. Those that did survive did so by loading their team with sometimes up to 13-14 second rate imports at a time.
Remember Leigh's debacle of a season in SL? They were regularly hammered by more than 50 each game and barely won a game. Cas had several times where they did the same. Hull KR only survived because of bending every rule possible to fit as many imports as they could in their team. They are paying for it now though as they have no youth system.
P&R was ######. It was then, and it would be ###### in future if it were reintroduced. There is no way SL would be strengthened by having a newly promoted team each year (getting whipped), and the Championship would not be strengthened by having clubs make themselves broke trying to chase one year in SL.
The RFL did a great thing bringing in the licensing system, and it makes a better comp today, with more English youngsters given a chance. The game is suffering a the moment due to a lack of money. Bringing back P&R won't fix that. Your barking up the wrong tree with that one.
Featherstone add nothing to the commercial profile of the sport, putting them in ahead of Toulouse would be a big step backwards.
Yes I can see why their introduction into SL is supported by some people within the game but it's all propped up by one man.Should he decided to pull out then how would the business be financially sustainable?
Toulouse are supported by a mixture of local funding and a vast commercial sponsorship portfolio as well as FFR XIII and the existing shareholders there is a greater balance there and not dependant on the good will of a single individual.