Why not include Catalans in your point, they only achieved a C license as well?
I have the summary in front of me.
"Catalans are a club with a clear vision on how to develop their commercial business, by the end of the current license they will have their current facility increasing turnover and improving their player development system. The clubs governance model is strong and it has aggressive plans to grow turnover in the coming years".
The club were awarded a "B" license and as far as I can see they are on their way to an "A".
It seems to me that the benefits of having Catalans in the Superleague are immense compared to the benefit of replacing them with a small town club in the north of England, but that is what a number of people on here would like to do.
They give an international dimension to Superleague and hopefully in time will return a competitive International dimension to RL in the northern hempisphere. What price would you put on our badly struggling game the 9,000 fans, the growing turnover, the increasing number of French quality players?
What price would you put on Toulouse being able to do the same and double that benefit?
I think Richard Lewis was a good leader of the game and did his best before the realities of our games difficulties clicked in. He didn't mess about, he put Catalans in and shunted out two clubs to make way for them. At that time Catalans could prove little through jumping licensing hoops which didn't exist.
It's beyond me why we all rail against a licensing system that we see as a sham, then when it come to Toulouse we want to have the licensing system applied to them over rigidly to the point we may be looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Yes I know that they may fail, but if that is a crime then maybe the many failures M62 clubs have regularly supplied, and the way in which Hudgell. Fulton and O'Connor all accepted licenses with glee then stopped putting the money in one year on should be taken into account? Would it be OK for Toulouse to just get a rich director to promise to bankroll them then he can "step down" later??