Big Picture

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    Second Canadian team

    I'd love to see it work, but Montréal is not Toronto, the two cities are very different.
  2. Was RL once considered a significant national game though? That sounds more like an assumption than a fact to me.
  3. Just like Toronto though, an Irish club would need experienced pros to compete in the pro game.
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    Second Canadian team

    They'd be getting third choice of any French players after Toulouse and Catalans which could be a stumbling block given how small the pool of French players is, and unless either of those teams was in the same division all their opponents would be from England. I wouldn't be inclined to invest in that scenario.
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    Second Canadian team

    By then Toulouse will have made it into SL, so a team in Montréal following the Wolfpack model would then be playing in an English league against a bunch of English teams. What makes you think that francophones there will care about that?
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    Arrows into MLR

    This an RL forum, who cares about the inferior form of rugby?
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    Qualifiers...here we go!!!!!!!!

    If Toulouse comes over they'll need to find someone who can sing La Marseillaise. That would be a good occasion to have O Canada sung in the original French too.
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    One Game. Together. RLWC 2021

    Like this: Group A - three teams advance to quarter-finals Previous Winner, highest ranked previous Semi-finalist, highest ranked previous Quarter-final loser, highest ranked qualifier Group B - two teams advance to quarter-finals Other previous Semi-finalist, third highest ranked previous Quarter-final loser, fourth and fifth highest ranked qualifiers Group C - two teams advance to quarter-finals Previous Runner-up, second highest ranked previous Quarter-final loser, second and third highest ranked qualifiers Group D - one team advances to quarter-finals Lowest ranked previous Quarter-final loser, three lowest-ranked qualifiers Third in Group A crosses to the other side of the draw for the Quarter-Finals: Quarter-Finals A 1st Group A vs. 2nd Group B B 1st Group B vs. 2nd Group A C 1st Group C vs. 3rd Group A D 1st Group D vs. 2nd Group C Semi-Finals E Winner A vs. Winner B F Winner C vs. Winner D Final G Winner E vs. Winner F So based on the 2017 results: Group A - three teams advance to quarter-finals Australia, Tonga, New Zealand, highest ranked qualifier Group B - two teams advance to quarter-finals Fiji, Papua New Guinea, fourth and fifth highest ranked qualifiers Group C - two teams advance to quarter-finals England, Samoa, second and third highest ranked qualifiers Group D - one team advances to quarter-finals Lebanon, three lowest-ranked qualifiers
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    One Game. Together. RLWC 2021

    Another way would be 1 group with 3 qualifying, 2 groups with 2 qualifying and 1 group with 1 qualifying. That's how I would do it.
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    Toronto

    They'd have to start something new and separate unless they were willing to stay in the second tier of the English game.
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    Toronto

    I've posted about my thoughts on the matter elsewhere anything I might say now wouldn't add anything to that.
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    Toronto

    Clubs which were semi-pro before 1996 tarted themselves up by going full-time and a handful of expansion clubs were included over the objections of followers of other semi-pro clubs which wanted to tart themselves up too. The expansion clubs were not given any leeway to speak of mind, and Gateshead was even denied a share of the TV money. So yes it's always been just a tarted-up version of the old RL Championship.
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    Toronto

    Clearly Toronto's backers will need a new plan which doesn't involve the existing English RL stucture.
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    Toronto

    There never has been anything Super about it, because it's always been just a tarted-up version of the old RL Championship.
  15. It happens in other sports too? Is there any evidence of that?