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Could the Championship clubs get involved in the World Cup

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What do you mean by asking who would be paying for the travel.? These countries are coming to the World Cup whether they play extra fixtures or not. That expense would be paid for regardless, so, the point I am making, is that there would be no additional expense for travel for any games against club sides as they would be in the UK anyway whereas, if they organised all the fixtures you propose in their own countries ( which I am not against ) there would be considerable extra expense for travel and accomodation and they would still have to pay to get to the UK for the WC.

Unless you are suggesting that nations should play a Championship team and then play a WC match with one or two days rest, they would have to stay an extra week in order to play a warm-up match in this country. It really is not practical logistically or financially before we even think about the negative implications for the tournament itself.
You are sadly deluded about tours. They were hugely successful bringing capacity attendances regularly. The last one I went to at Wilderspool, Warrington V Australia was all ticket and sold out.

The whole future of the game both in this country and Australia was saved by the Old Golds tours to the UK and the Northern Union to Australia. They made huge profits and everybody benefitted.

The main reason they do not take place today is because the switch to summer rugby meant that the Aussie/NZ seasons and the UK seasons take place at the same time. The tours used to take place when the touring team's country was in the offseason.

You and other fans may have nice memories, they may have served a good purpose in the past and I'm not denying that, but 'tours' as you are describing are not relevant in 2012 and don't have a place in the future of the sport. The sooner people realise this the better.

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Agreed.

1990 Kangaroos UK Tour was in many ways a record tour and the biggest and best of recent years. Here are the tour match crowds.

v Saints 15219

V Wakefield: 7724

v Wigan 24814

v Cumbria 6750

v Leeds 16037

v Warrington 10200

v Castleford 9033

v Halifax 8730

v Hull 13081

v Widnes 14666

Rothmans does not seem to indicate squad size and it may be of course that to play tour games, the Aussies would have to bring a bigger squad..which surprise surprise...would cost more.

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Agreed.

1990 Kangaroos UK Tour was in many ways a record tour and the biggest and best of recent years. Here are the tour match crowds.

v Saints 15219

V Wakefield: 7724

v Wigan 24814

v Cumbria 6750

v Leeds 16037

v Warrington 10200

v Castleford 9033

v Halifax 8730

v Hull 13081

v Widnes 14666

Rothmans does not seem to indicate squad size and it may be of course that to play tour games, the Aussies would have to bring a bigger squad..which surprise surprise...would cost more.

That's not a tour, that's a few days away. Look at some of the early tours and the Kangaroos and Kiwis are here for virtually the whole season, playing every club and every type of representative team possible: England, Wales, Northern Union, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumberland...

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