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#61 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:39 PM

would that be 4 or 5 french clubs stuffed full of antipodeans??? because there is certainly not enough talent in france to field one competetive team in super league let alone 4 or 5...........

They seem to be doing alright at the moment, with plenty of French players in reserve. On top of this, new SL clubs would have new player production lines.

But keep pedalling this grudge against French RL. It's not their fault you got relegated in 2005!
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:15 PM

How there can even be a question about the desirability (even the necessity) of a second French SL team after a World Cup in which France was hammered by Samoa's team of heritage players is just bizarre.  The plain facts are:

 

* RL needs a strong international game to boost its' profile and commercial income.

* The international game needs France (and Wales too) to be a lot stronger than now and that plainly needs France to have more full-time pros to pick their team from.

* Between the language barrier and the cultural differences, if a young French player has to choose between moving to the north of England or staying in France and switching to RU I suspect the choice is a no-brainer: most will stay in France and switch.

 

Consequently, for RL to have a stronger, higher-profile international game a second French SL team is a necessity for the sport.  If that's only viable with franchising/licensing, then franchising/licensing is also a necessity for the sport.