Unless you have a substantial amount of money it would be pointless for London to continue. One thing about Sports is that to be successful you need not just to have the right people on the field but the right people off it as well.and its bnot just a team that would need funding but an infrastructure to be built London will lose all players of note from their squad unless for promotion to be realistic Championship clubs operate to the same salary cap as their Super League opponents.This will not happen, though having Bradford as the fallen giant and "elephant in the room" may cause some revision upwards.
The fact is the 8/8/8 will permanently fix the composition of the upper levels of the league unless a Super League club falls into financial trouble but will allow traditional clubs with average attendances last year of 2,403,1,707, 1,556 and 803 can achive their dream which despite the pounding of keyboards, really is to be able to play a series of hastily arranged local derbies at the back end of the season for the gate money. Reality and economics dictate that going any further is a bridge too far, as the former Halifax Chief Executive now titular head of the RLIF knows
Organic growth below this will be the organic stagnation a club like London Skolars epitomises, Ironically one sport that is a good example of Top down expansion is the NFL Wembley series which will probably result in a London franchise by the end of the decade, as Steve Mascord has pointed out no watering of the grass roots here but there is an increase in participation in another alien sport in the south directly attributable to the success of the series. The series is not without opposition stateside but the commitment of the League and its consitituent clubs to spread the brand and develop new markets has paid off to the extent as one RL fans poster put it that the NFL is already bigger than Rugby League in the south and likely to remain so.
I am afraid the game is up south of Wakefield and will result in a future of clubs with average attendance of around 342 watched by bitter Northern exiles ranting at the world around them. Truly "pins on the map" that fool no-one. Many on this board will be secretly jubilant at this however as league's new dark age takes hold and economic reality bites into a game puffing itself up on the "success" of reasonable attendances fuelled by cheap and discounted tickets and Pay TV viewing figures without actually understanding what drives commercial Pay TV networks. Sooner or later the number of casualties amongst "traditional" clubs, in particular those relegated to Championship 1 that the RFL simply cannot bail out will cause a re-think
The enlightened ones will face a problem, by 2016 "Rugby" will be Rugby Union outside the M62 corridor and perhaps encroaching inside, Other sports will also not have gone away but be stronger and down here much stronger. In addition the Pay TV Broadcaster who will cough up no more cash for a filler sport having bounced the sport into a long term deal. They may wish to expand the game of Rugby League but there will be neither room nor demand elsewhere as the "alternative" sport market will have been claimed by other less parochial sports. One thing we all agree on is that the field of dreams approach does not work for any sport.
London's problems are basically their own making but there never has been an ideological commitment save lip service towards expansion of the sport from the governing body post-Lewis and from a substantial section of Players, Coaches, Chairmen and RL Journalists all of who in their own small way support the game they profess to love in the same way a rope supports a hanging man.
The legacy of the Nigel Wood era to the game of Rugby League is best summed up by this extract from Robert Browning's 1845 poem The Lost Leader
We shall march prospering,—not thro’ his presence;
Songs may inspirit us,—not from his lyre;
Deeds will be done,—while he boasts his quiescence,
Still bidding crouch whom the rest bade aspire:
Blot out his name, then, record one lost soul more,
One task more declined, one more footpath untrod,
One more devils’-triumph[ and sorrow for angels,
One wrong more to man, one more insult to God!
Life’s night begins: let him never come back to us!
There would be doubt, hesitation, and pain,
Forced praise on our part—the glimmer of twilight,
Never glad confident morning again!