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Good point, England in a WC final in Paris would see 20,000-25,000 English fans alone going over. Without England in the final I think you could still see 10k+ from the UK to boost the crowd. 60-70k at the Stade De France would be huge for our game.
I love the enthusiasm, but realistically these kind of figures are pie in the sky.
At the moment, rl doesn't get any national traction, It doesn't ring any bell for most north of Toulouse. If for some reason the AFL decided to move their grand final to Paris, it would flop, just like a RLWC final would flop.
For a french WC not to be a total failure, it will have to be centred on medium southern cities where the game gets recognition (Albi, Perpignan, Avignon, etc.) plus a couple of nearby large cities (Toulouse and possibly Lyon) thrown in. But even there, that will be quite a gamble.
Of course, if there was a serious plan to (re)establish RL as a strong second tier sport by then (by setting up a full pro domestic competition or by having 3 or 4 SL sides), that would be a whole another story. Sadly it's not the case (Toulouse in Championship is not a plan, it's stupidity).
The inferences are that the TV deal is a vehicle to block Toulouse, all the RFL need to do is ask for a TV deal at an XX price the French TV stations won't provide.
Indeed. On the last year Q&A regarding their policy review, the RFL made a point asking Toulouse to bring a TV deal that would cover the cost of the english SL2 clubs (or something like that).
When you consider that no french TV is interested in showing Toulouse Carcassonne (let alone giving money for it), asking for Toulouse to find someone to bring money to show Toulouse Featherstone or Toulouse Halifax was a nice exemple of high level trolling.