To me Mike the games still a Northern game and documentation won't prove otherwise , London have been trying for years and thats with the RFL bankrolling em , Crusaders started in the south , team full of Aussie's , no visa's for some of em , and then just pushed straight into SL and look where that went , The thing is with the RFL (this new regime) , is that they should learn to walk before they can run , when i watched Hunslet at Elland Rd in the 80's if only i could have foreseen the future , big stadiums , empty seats but this is how the RFL have pushed the game , trying to make it bigger than what it is , when the games struggling in strong catchment area's , and maybe a French side being brought in next season , Lord Lucan would have been a better Treasury than this lot.............
I agree completely regarding these teams jumping straight to the top with full of Aussies. But
Like program said at least these teams are starting from the bottom. And if the RFL don't give them special funding is that really a problem?
More people than before are playing RL in non traditional areas, the only benefit I can think of summer rugby. It's allowing those to play it who were once restricted to just RU.
I remember going to neath to watch South Wales v Hunslet & SW had a team full of Welshmen. With 2 of them now Wigan regulars & 1 playing for Widnes.
If it's done the right way from the bottom through the juniors to the amateur game I don't see a problem.