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There is one vital thing that our administrators could do, however.
Nigel Wood was appointed as the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation earlier this year, and he has said that he wants to develop the international game far beyond where it currently finds itself.
More power to his elbow.
I hope he will be able to somehow persuade the Australians that international Rugby League is indeed performing way below its potential. That is partly because the Australians are so dominant, but also because our international game is viewed as an add-on at the end of the season that burnt-out players often have to miss as they undergo repairs to various injuries.
And we can hardly blame club coaches for taking that attitude. We have already seen how players who pull out of the international game, like Jamie Peacock, are able to extend their careers by doing so.
The only long term solution to the problem is to shorten the club season and to insert the international season into the regular club season.
That is what every other sport does, and it seems to work for them.
What’s so different about Rugby League?
The Australians already do it with State of Origin.
We simply need to persuade them to treat the international game in the same way, so that it can be seen as an integral part of the season, so gaining the attention, the audiences and the commercial support that it surely deserves.
Obviously I'd agree with the point about shortening the club season to make room for internationals, but this piece seems to infer that it's only the Aussies that need convincing. Considering we haven't got any mid season Internationals planned anymore (unlike the Aussies who still have the Anzac test, for now at least), I'd suggest Nigel Wood should start a little nearer to home in trying to persuade the great and good of our game that internationals shouldn't just be an end of season after thought.
People blaming Origin are missing the point. Even if Origin were removed from the calendar, we would still only be able to play Internationals at the end of the season because of how many club games get played. In this country, we couldn't even find room for one mid season International this year, and still the clubs would happily play yet more matches. And it's the clubs who insist on players pulling out of end of season tournaments. We'll end up with some players only international appearances being every 4 years at the World Cup.
It's that club v country balance which has tilted massively in favour of the clubs, and I genuinely don't know if the will is there to try and push it back even just a little bit in the direction of the International game.