Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:40 AM
I agree entirely.
If we do this right the 2017 World Cup could be the one that firmly establishes us as the football code in the pacific. Bear in mind that png has by some distance the second largest population in the region.
If we play games in Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands we'll have the region covered.
I fear for the Notthern hemisphere though. If Toulouse don't come on board and succeed, and we continue to haemorrhage talent to the Dark Side (with everyone's best wishes, natch), then you couldn't blame the Aussies for concentrating their efforts on their own continent. Where the future looks bright.
To compare and contrast -
In the north - our World Cup poster boy gets Panfaced and ditches us, Wigan are swatted aside by a politely disinterested Roosters. Fewer than 1500 watch London's slow slide into final oblivion.
In the south - the 9s show case the appetite for our game and the breath taking stength in depth in talent in the region. The Roosters effortlessly swat Wigan aside to confirm the gulf between the 2 competitons. The World Cup launch shows a scale of ambition previously unknown in our game, and a pathway for regional dominance.
It's been a terrible week for those stuck in the Notthern hemisphere.