I think it's easier to think of the United Kingdom in rugby league terms:
- The top 3 leagues are England with London being most of the M62 Super League clubs, some rich bits, some rough bits and some bits that hang around the outskirts. The other two leagues being about right in terms of location and money distribution compared to the UK.
- BARLA is Scotland, it wants nothing to with the professional leagues, would quite happily split away but a lot of members recognise that it's really not going to be that relevant if it did so.
- The winter/summer rugby split along with the RLC and NCL is Northern Ireland. Tread lightly in here with opinions and definitely make sure of the colours of the pub you're in before having the wrong opinion.
- The French clubs are Wales, we know there's something big there (Catalans/Cardiff) and have heard persistent rumours of other big places (Toulouse/Swansea). Someone mentioned that they have other leagues of their own but no-one really believes them.
It's all rugby league/United Kingdom but damn it's a weird family.