It is odd that some people think a rival would not do everything they can to flourish and compete, the whole ideal of upholding the Corinthian Spirit of sport is sweet but in the modern world of competitive sport is somewhat outdated.
For decades RL fans were demanding that RU go openly professional, now that we have and are competing as a professional organisation they complain because we are rather good at it.
I think there is a common misconception on here that RU is trying to attack RL; quite the opposite, it is working to promote itself.
Nobody in Rugby was ever demanding that union go openly professional. It was always openly professional................ unless you had a connection with Rugby. Rugby might have demanded that union go "honestly" professional. See the difference?
Nobody in Rugby is now complaining about union's "honest" professionalism. What people in Rugby do complain about is union's devious, underhand and distasteful acts to undermine Rugby. It was ever thus, even before "honest" professionalism.
Rugby has always been the underdog because it has never had the support of the establishment, the sycophantic media and the vast wealth enjoyed by union. Arrogant posts like yours, riding on the back of union's privileged position, just reinforce the fact that the Corinthian spirit, to which you refer, is dead in union. Moreover, it never existed. How can a sport built on arrogance and prejudice ever aspire to Corinthian values?