Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:56 AM
Expansion is only a good thing if there`s enough interest player wise and spectator wise at wherever the powers that be want to go. It appears to me that the focal point for all this change (new leagues and clubs,summer rugby,etc) is to try to compete with football and it just can`t be done anymore. Wouldn`t it be better to consolidate in traditional rugby league towns and cities,have only one major comp of all the best sides (Super League,I guess),and have teams like Hornets as feeder clubs? Let`s face it,the game will never get back to pre Sky TV days and Hornets are struggling to get out of this ###### league,never mind get into Super League,and we`re all kidding ourselves if we think otherwise. There would be the chance that any decent youngsters will have the incentive of progressing to the top side as well as Hornets getting good players coming the other way to try to improve their form. Everything should start from the bottom up,not the top down,if there`s no grass roots rugby,there`s no professional rugby either. This is basically how things are done out here in Australia,the NRL won`t have a bar of unsustainable expansion,(good player strength and massive finances are essential),and rightly so. The game has to compete with the other strong winter codes,so it`s imperative that they get things right at grass roots level(schoolboys,local sides),so it`s all in place to progress as they get older. Pie in the sky maybe,but better than this garbage they`re continually coming out with now.