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The annual WCC expansion news article

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Article in League Weekly today about the possibility of expanding the WCC. It's the usual stuff that gets dusted down this time every year and never leads to anything different.

There are loads of difficulties of organising anything, but if the will and finances were there, how could you make their best 3 v our best 3 work and not simply be two meaningless curtain raisers before the big event?

Could it really be marketed as SL v NRL? Each club would obviously glory in beating their specific opponents, but would people buy into it, if for example, the winners of the 3rd placed match earned a point for their comp, the winners of the 2nd placed 2 points and the winner of the two champs 3 points.

You might end up with lots of ties, no problem there, but the overall winners would never be decided until the final game.

Would people (fans, sponsors, media etc) not associated with the teams directly involved, be more likely to buy into the concept?

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if it's to be expanded it should be between the 4 teams that contested the grand finals.....

held over 2 weekends...NRL winner v SL runners up & SL winners v NRL runners up.......then a final for the winners.......simples

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if it's to be expanded it should be between the 4 teams that contested the grand finals.....

held over 2 weekends...NRL winner v SL runners up & SL winners v NRL runners up.......then a final for the winners.......simples

Like it, would the 2 weekends be held in say the northern hemisphere 1 year and the southern hemisphere the year after?

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Like it, would the 2 weekends be held in say the northern hemisphere 1 year and the southern hemisphere the year after?

Either that or each champion gets home advantage for semi final and the final alternates each year (or neutral, but not overly keen on that)

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I quite liked the 1997 world club championship concept(remember knocking off school to watch some matches on sky) apart from the English clubs results and the fact that all 12 teams took part which was too many. A top 4 or even a top 8 team tournament would have been better given the fact of the super league would have been in only it's 2nd year as a competition and the super league war down under. IIRC didn't the new Aussie team hunter mariners or whatever they were called win it or get to the final?

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yep just alternate between northern & southern hemispheres..

and yep the hunter mariners :lol:

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Either that or each champion gets home advantage for semi final and the final alternates each year (or neutral, but not overly keen on that)

Yeah I think there would be some grumbling about the travel involved and worries about if 2 Aussie teams make the final in England or 2 English teams(wishful thinking) make the final down under and it affecting the crowd.

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yep just alternate between northern & southern hemispheres..

and yep the hunter mariners :lol:

Sounds good but as usual it's trying to sell it to the Aussies and finding sponsorship for it.

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if it's to be expanded it should be between the 4 teams that contested the grand finals.....

held over 2 weekends...NRL winner v SL runners up & SL winners v NRL runners up.......then a final for the winners.......simples

Is the idea of two weekends, and the potential of an all NRL or all SL final, not a step too far from where we currently are with the WCC?

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Is the idea of two weekends, and the potential of an all NRL or all SL final, not a step too far from where we currently are with the WCC?

a step too far??

its the next logical step!

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thats cos they can't be arsed selling it

What do they sell it as?

The best v the best?

Its only the strength of the interstate rivalry that keeps the SOO series alive.

That is the best v the best the game has to offer.

The reason the WCC is held when it is and where it is tells a tale.

Held in Oz mid May and it would be........ not good

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