I don't get all this rhetoric against France at all
In 1995 RL was bust - flat on its backside - and was rescued by an influx of cash via Sky as a knock on from the super league wars in Aus. Without a French side no sky money = no professional SL
French RL was a decent semi pro to amateur sport then at best and has now an albeit small pool of professional players it didn't have before
We have all come a very long way in those 18 years people, the only competition that moved forward consistently was the NRL, with a huge TV deal and mega bucks owners all over the place. European RL has grown standards have improved talent is being grown media profiles are increasing but still no real cash to back it up like other sports attract
We have mega bucks owners now and for some unknown reason people take the p$%s but they will elevate the game by raising standards and to be quite frank pushing the RFL into being a fit for purpose governing body
We are moving forward and the inclusion of another French team is of paramount importance to a European sponsorship package which allows SL to access a European cash pool it simply cannot access now - there is a mountain of cash in sport in France that is untouched by RL there because other than the odd international there is no real meaningful competition to follow
And as Vossy said on the telecast last night, an Italian team in SL would be ideal - and apparently has been discussed - playing for a nation with a competition supporting it
Our future is as an international/pan European competition, because without this there is no future because no sponsor will give a flying hoot whether that lass in Fev buys a product once this year, they want a cost effective platform across a large area that sells to a demographic in our global village, and that's not the one down the road.
Start ups are never cash rich, and if we want the gutter brush super league carry on, I would like to see the European Super League take off
And for all those that take the mick out of the French and what's going on there three words
JAMAL FAKIRS TEARS
If that didn't get your heart pumping knowing he knew as well as we did what was about to happen to the French team on the field then all you detractors are indeed lizard men from the planet Zog and I claim my £5.
Where there is passion feed it, don't cr^p on it!!