that's a fair question and I apologise for expressing myself badly.
student rugby league, the womens' game, championship one and other advances wont be affected directly , and in the short term.
What will be affected in the short term is professional rugby league.
A vibe of parochialism, entrenched attitudes and a failure to nurture growth is bound to affect perceptions of the game in the medium long term and will affect perceptions about the sports attractiveness culturally.
I hope this doesn't happen, and I hope these changes don't have a negative affect of the game and I think decisions have been taken in good faith.
Fair enough, I think the detail around these changes are important tbh.
If I was in charge I would be trying to influence the game to get an expansion strategy. I think taking a backward step now for long term gain is ok, if we have no plan for growth though it is an issue.
I'd focus on making every team as strong as they can be, look to use the England team and major events as promotion tools, partnering with the BBC should help here, and I'd have a strategy which guarantees expansion club double central funding for a period of up to 10 years, as well as providing other concessions on rules - ie salary cap etc.
As ever, the devil is in the detail, of which we have little.