Here's something I wrote on a friend of mine's Facebook a couple of weeks ago: I've been advocating something similar for some years now. People like Steve Mascord also have similar ideas. I think that IM2's idea is a great one and I'm delighted that at long last there are other people thinking in a similar way.
We should let the NRL do their own thing. Let them go on their own and the rest of the world crack on and build an an international game without their interference.
Note I say NRL not the Aussies. There is more to Australian RL than the NRL and there are lots of people in Australia who recognise the benefits of an international game and we should embrace those people. Australian Rugby League is valuable to the international game but not too valuable to be kept at all costs.
The NRL is exactly that - the N RL, the National Rugby League of Australia, created to compete with AFL and ARU, not to control the international game. They have an awesome product and an incredible brand so let them concentrate on that. The AFL seems to be doing OK in isolation so why shouldn't the NRL?
In effect what the ARL Commission has created is a uniquely Australian version of rugby league. NRL now has it's own rules and idiosyncrasies as NFL and AFL does which is why it as going to thrive and prosper. I don't have an issue with that as long as it doesn't interfere with the rest of the world. It also makes for awesome entertainment.
Rugby League outside of Australia should reach out to the NSW Cup, the Queensland Cup, the other domestic Australian competitions and the NZRL to help to grow the international game.
There would still be a pathway between the two codes and players would be able to transfer between NRL and RL easily, as would match officials. This would allow for an effective working relationship between NRL and Rugby League.
Doing it this way would allow the international game to prosper and be more competitive and would give rugby league players an alternative to going to play rugby union to receive a payday as that function would be provided by the NRL with the desire to play international rugby league being fulfilled by Rugby League.