Yep, absolutely. That said, RU and Football have strong club games and still support their International game.
This is where strong leadership is needed - if England were on tour mid-season, I see no reason why crowds would drop off at regular home games if some teams had to rely on two or three youth players for a few weekends. Of course relegation adds a slight complication into this, but it was no better under licensing.
We either want the game to grow or we don't - at the moment it is quite easy to say that we don't.
I guess it comes down to what football and Union both have that we don't - a strong world governing body. Whether the RLIF can ever become that seems unlikely. There's too much power in the two main club competitions for things to change.
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