Spot on. We have to look at ways of gaining a wider appeal for the game. Where are the next 20k gates coming from? Toulouse v Catalans at the municipal stadium on Bastille Day has all the ingredients.
That wider appeal is key for the game as it is that which will bring the sponsorship and media attention that the game so clearly wants to attract. We can sell out as many Wigan vs St Helens or Hull vs Hull KR matches as we want but it will never capture the wider public's imagination. It is why international rugby league is so important to the development of the game in this country. But there are other opportunities available like Toulouse but the common perception across the game sees Toulouse as a threat rather than an opportunity as they are a risk to their own club's interests. It is that prevailing insular mentality, which has helped the game stifle and ultimately stagnate its growth and development.
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