I have grave misgivings about the RFL not looking at local expansion. National and international is fine, but you must grow and promote the game in the heartlands.
Saturate an area and slowly spread from there.
Ensure the game is strong from schools up.
The RFL are chasing dreams with the Northern America experiment (and likely to have some good trios there as a result) but if you ignore the heartland s then the backbone and spirit of the sport will die
Manchester should he part of heartlands expansion and if not the RFL should hang their heads in shame!