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  1. The issue in Australia and England is exactly the same when it comes to expansion. History v Professionalism is the element that keeps the game back in both countries. When it comes to the game as a whole; it would be dead had it not become a significant sport in Australia. For the sport to flourish it needs to respect the part that Australia has played to get us here, but each country needs to completely ignore it in order to get themselves into a position to challenge for the title.
  2. I'm not a regular poster but I do, sometimes, enjoy reading your posts Paris (when you're not ogiling over the NRL). I dont know if you're in Australia or the UK but personally I'm a Welsh-born Australian citizen who's heading home next year and will be getting involved with a local team in some capacity, and I believe that your dreams could well become true in the long term, but will include the whole of Europe not just the British Isles and France. But all good things come to those who work hard for them I say, and I think a genuine European Super League will come to fruition only after clubs within Europe can compete with whats on offer in Australia. By this I mean the north of England is a traditional place with many clubs located in near proximity to each other and none will be willing to budge to the benefit of their neighbour. However the European clubs (outside France, which I admit I have no idea of clubs and geography) don't have this disadvantage. As a foundation of what I say I offer this: There are 3 local junior clubs in my region, out of 9, which is in a population of less than 200,000 which each boast over 24 junior teams each, with 1 club WELL over that number. Considering that there are only 12 age groups in junior league here, that shows that this is an area where league is a dominant sport. However if you look at the NRL and Superleague there are less than 34 players represented (probably alot less I just use 34 because it's 2 first grade teams and harder to argue against). A continental Europe club could well become a reasonable inclusion in Superleague if it becomes a dominant force within it's own domestic league. In Europe, I would consider a dominant force as having 30 junior teams, at least, representing its club in the domestic scene plus offering opportunities to its rival clubs players to compete for positions (in a representitive sense if an application wasn't regional). Some see the success of one club as a detriment to another but the reality is, in sport atleast, that by being successful you will attract participants, and at the end of the day, in a worst case scenario, you will be able to provide opposition for your own teams if need be. The point I'm trying to make is that it requires alot of junior players to come through the grades to make a good standard First Grade team. Then it takes alot of First Grade players to make a Representative Team. Then it will take a number of representative teams to compete against each other to identify 'class players'.. and so on.. I believe Rugby league will eventually become a dominant sport. It's too appealing not too. Evenually the hard decisions may have to be made in the heartlands of England to move forward to create a European Superleague, OR maybe a continental league will emerge, either way, we are still some several generations from that day. I dream your dream PS that one day I win a billion dollars/euros and can force the issue. But the reality is that right now it's going to be left to the volunteers, and lots of them, to become skilled enough to recruit players and coach them to be the best of their ability and hope that good fortune takes them the rest of the way!!!