Posted 07 December 2013 - 06:37 PM
I'm sorry but this is a terrible idea and one that makes no sense for us.
It's a no-win situation for us. If we win then it is was pointless exercise that proves nothing, if we lose then it is proof that Union has surpassed us and is now the code with the superior skills.
When these happened in the mid 90's it was a novelty and one that made us feel good about ourselves because we were far superior at the core rugby skills, largely because we were full-time and they weren't. Even though we like to think we are still far superior, this is not necessarily the case.
The Sale-Saints game was a wake up call that we shouldn't be doing these anymore. It is now weighted in the Union side's favour. Sale easily won their half because they were able to use the aspects of their game that they are naturally dominant in like mauling, ruckling, lineouts etc. However, Saints struggled for a while against Sale because Sale were now a full-time outfit that spent a lot of time passing, tackling and running. It was only a flurry of late tries that spared Saints' blushes. IIRC it was something like 41-12 with about 20 minutes left. All it would have taken was an off-day with the ball in hand and Saints would have been embarrassed. I suspect England RL could easily be embarrassed by a Wallabies side that are fast, able to tackle and pass whilst England RL have no ability to scrum, line-out, ruck or maul.
I'd still be against it, but England vs England or Wallabies vs Kangaroos would at least have made sense. Instead we have the 3rd best RL nation against the 3rd best RU nation.