I'm in the same boat. Do not have an ounce of interest in club games in Union (the only club game ive ever watched was the Heinekin Cup Final, and that was only when O'Driscoll's Leinster were involved). The club game lacks the "event" status that the international game has so there is very little pull for the casual fan such as me. I've easily seen more club RL games than RU...especially Grand finals.
This is definitely what is lacking in English RL...I say English as the vids I've seen on Aussie RL are hugely impressive. I have no doubt I'd be sucked in if I was living in Aus...the Tina Turner promos which kicked off the 'razzmatazz' era show the ambition the sport has there. The merchandise, the community programmes, the sense of "us vs them" with the major rivalries, the way the game is promoted is fantastic....its very much Premier League level here. Even the trophy which features "the gladiators" is an iconic image. There are constant stories, images, colours (flags, scarves etc) the NRL has that doesn't seem to be the case in Superleague. Perhaps the lopsided profile the sport has in Australia in comparison to England is the reason for this so I'm not criticising those in English RL when they may not have the means to do more.
That's all very well DC but don't you find it all just a little bit too stop start?
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