It was a dinosaur rugby league newspaper reporter who must be close to retirement as he cant keep up with social media which is giving him a hiding.
Another local blog that allows all code warriors from all sports normally writes one/one sided story a day about rugby leagues death, and gets away with it as well. I just left that site to join here where you can have a say without defending 24/7.
Ignore them, we can all see that this World Cup has forever changed our code.
It has taken alot of people by surprise, the Island teams have been great and have shown that they will be a real force come future Cups, the format is brilliant, i am glad they thought it up and other codes could take a leaf from our book because boring contests will be shown up for what they are in the future, and no code has a equal footing, you only need to look no further than the Australian soccer team thrashing the other day.
How they made the next soccer world cup has a-lot scratching their heads.
Growth is booming down under. NZ, the islands, even PNG, all will benefit from this cup.
Super League should see if they can get Jim Doyle to help them out. No matter, i think Super-league has done the right thing by growing the second level Championships, and the Challenge Cup continues to be one of the best events in sport. I would work more at this level. Super league will take care of itself as time goes on, the game is getting better, not worser.
Rhino's, St Helens, Wigan, Warrington and Hulls, all seem fine to me. I think France would benefit from a second team, at super-league level and Nation level.
Salford surely will up the anti and shake things up a bit.
The real only lowlight has been the Broncos and London. I honestly believe that having a team in London is not going to work. They needed two teams really to make it work. A London Derby.
Maybe championship growth and continued grass-roots growth is the way forward for now, until two billionaires come along and say they want a team each. Until then, the game looks at it's best with the passionate crowds of the North, nothing beats that in my opinion, and i have watched the game from the 70's.
The game down under is rapidly growing, with a salary cap headed to 10 million.
The overflow needs somewhere to go, and Super-league will be that place. Super-league will need to grow as the NRL grows to 18, maybe 20 teams. It will take more than Australia to keep a league this size alive.
Both codes need each other. I think Dave Smith can work that out without me telling him.