It was a pipe dream in Serbia, the Ukraine, Russia, Lebanon, Chech republic, Poland, Italy,Ireland, Fiji, Samoa. Jamaica, Canada etc etc.
Don't be so dismissive of a large country whose preference in football involves a funny shaped ball, running and tackling. From little acorns great oaks grow etc etc. The USA qualified for the World Cup for Pete's sake. They have played internationals in the USA against Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Jamaica.
Give them a sporting chance, how many hundreds of years have we been trying to make an impact in Wales ? Nobody is suggesting the RL community pour money into the American game, just that the International Governing body step in to sort out the split in the USA domestic competiton for the greater good of our sport.
We are always compaining about a shortage of players. Do you have any idea the riches of talent lying idle in the USA after their college/high school careers are over. If the US league could grow and prosper just a little bit there would be an instant source of players. Hull have already formed a link to the Canadian game. Don't be so parochial and insular in your thinking.
It still IS a pipe dream in most those countries you name-dropped. Ukraine, Lebanon, Poland? You'd have to ask 100 people in the street before you found someone who knew what rugby league was, and that 100th person would end up being some general knowledge genius.
I don't even understand the shortage of players remark. Who says that there is a shortage of players? There's an abundance of players, there's more amazing athletes than a game of our size could possibly need. The game already has an instant source of players, it's known as the Pacific Islands. Does America have athletes that can't be found in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji? Athletes that can't be found in Manchester, London or Paris, even?
I've got nothing against growth in America, it can only be good for the game, I just don't see it happening. And what isn't good for the game is this weird belief that 1,000 participants in America is more valuable than 10,000 people playing the game in Pakistan or 3,000 in Argentina.
I think Ireland and the Cook Islands beating the USA will be better for the games development. if that makes me insular then so be it.