Think you are overdoing the 'no Irish representation' angle D. Just because the majority of the players weren't born in Ireland doesn't mean they weren't into it 100%.
My parents were Irish (well one still is lol) and had I been any good at RL I would have been proud to play for an Ireland RL team, regardless of you telling me I aren't Irish (a bit like Pat Richards I imagine)
Just because they were into it it doesn't mean there was Irish representation. The Irish media haven't bought into it. The Irish fans haven't bought into it? What's the point of sticking with such a bad idea?
Instead of turning the RLWC into a farce, the RFL and the RLIF should have worked together on temporarily professionalizing the Irish/Scottish/Italian players by having each SL club have 1-2 of them in their roster which should have considerably lifted their level and potentially led to some of them getting "real" pro contracts with some clubs, and using some heritage players to plug some gaps here and there instead of doing ***k all to develop Ireland's RL and then dressing some Aussies in green for the WC.