People are absolutely obsessed with this notion that the Exiles are on this downward trajectory: why not just concern ourselves with the here and now, for now? There are plenty of options for strengthening the Exiles. For one, they should have let French players participate from day one and they can still introduce that.
30-10 was not a flogging and Scubby needs to give his head a shake for that one. Almost Lobby-esque.
I've travelled all over the world to watch England/GB but just can't get into this. I'm sorry but at 24-0 everyone lost interest. England were rubbish in the second half and it should have been an absolute flogging.
The flaw in the concept was trying to create this Anzac/Exiles type thing - when it should be the best non-qualified England players. That Exiles team was old (ave age 31) and this will only get worse. You can't have a concept like the Exiles when there is no production line (i.e. emerging players coming through).
The problem with promoting it is that the players know that Chris Bailey, Heath L'Estrange, Lance Hohaia etc. are plodders, the fans know they are plodders. Where is the anticipation? When we had Trent Barrett, Steve Renouf, Allan Langer, Stacey Jones, Jamie Lyon and Lesley Vainakolo to choose from then the shirt is worth something. The Exiles could conceivably have David Howell, Dean Collis and Josh Perry playing next year FFS.
Call it something like the Barbarians or give it a real French flavour (e.g. a French word for the team name) and it may have some legs. Brough, Bosc and young emerging non-English stars should be in there like Escare, Larroyer etc. Even invite one or 2 guest superstars over to play - like Benji Marshall or Manu Vatuvai - but give the paying public some anticipation to part with their cash!
The promotion of it this year was almost apologetic.
Edited by Scubby, 15 June 2013 - 03:53 PM.