Providing they pick all of the eligible players playing in the NRL and SL Italy could be the surprise package at the 2013 World Cup. It would be great to see another force outside the top three in international rugby league.
I'm not against the grand parent rule at all if it creates more competitiveness then why not. What I am querying is the long term legacy of utilising this recruitment strategy.
But really it's pointless having all these world class players if they are not available to promote the sport IN ITALY, How many big home games with these players will be planned against Australia, NZ, Wales, France or England?
How can the Italian governing body promote the sport in Italy and exploit the number of great players they have to get grass roots activity off the ground. After the World Cup some/most of those players will never play for Italy again which makes the whole effort counterproductive. They're available for some matches but not others. In fact the matches outside of the world cup are more important because these are the ones which lends itself to the long term stability of Italian league.
Another issue of course is he split between the two main bodies in Italy.....What's the next step for Italian Rugby League post World Cup.