They need to make these countries full members asap then. Italy has many clubs, the US is growing, Canada is also very pro active and Jamaica have leagues, schools, colleges and already play an international schedule. Ireland seem to be dropping back or stagnating to be fair. Do they meet the qualifications for full membership.
I don't think Italy has enough clubs to be full members, even including the 'rebel' teams. Also their season isn't long enough either, it has to be over 10 weeks and they have no youth. The USARL would meet full membership, but the AMNRL wouldn't be able to. Canada will need to run a youth league and a reserve league to be full members, Jamaica already are so there'll be fine. Ireland has no junior development, though they've just started up something. Their domestic league also isn't longer than 10 weeks, so realistically they shouldn't be full members. The same is true with South Africa as well, no junior development. Not really sure on Samoa, Tonga or the CIs, as we never hear anything from them. I think that the Czech Republic and Greece are close to full membership, with domestic teams, reserve leagues and they are working on junior development.
This is what was in Steve Mascord's article:
"Far&wide can reveal that the WC qualifiers will take place in July -deliberately ruling out full-time pros from taking part.
The federation sees this as a way to ensure the strongest countries get through, rather than the countries who can call on the most heritage players from Australia and England.
We are also told there will be a new qualifying group in Africa and the Middle East, which should make it easier for the well-organised South Africa to get through.
But when it is announced that the top seven teams from the last world cup will qualify for the 2017 tournament, watch out for the fireworks - make that "rockets' red glare" - from America. On points difference in the quarters, they finished eighth.
Without coming out and saying so, the RLIF is hinting with this development - along with the stipulation that only full members can take part in the next tournament - that having Italian and American sides stacked with expats last year was a mistake."
I think they're wrong there tbf, if the USARL are accepted membership, then I can't see why the US would fail to qualify with a homegrown team, as they have beaten Canada and Jamaica regularly with domestic players.