I'm usually a defender of the RFL, but I've real doubts on dual registration. The concept has value, but in reality it isn't working. Hats off to clubs like Halifax and Fev who have turned their back on it. It's interesting to see what John Whaling, the current RFL President tweeted about Chambers' appointment last night:
John Whaling @JohnWhaling
Not surprising that Swinton have picked a coach from Warrington, at least he will know the players #rugbyleague
At a community and participation level the RFL has a pretty good reputation as a governing body. It's when it comes to the professional game that there are challenges. I also think that it's wrong to point the finger at Richard Lewis, who oversaw a ten-year period of growth and stability in all areas of the game. Lewis was clearly a leader that unified the sport, and whilst he was the architect of licensing (which I am big supporter of, but recognise that it is unpopular with many), he clearly restricted the ability of clubs to do their own thing as they would do pre-2002.
The majority of blame for this lies with the clubs themselves - both Championship and Super League. Too many clubs in the Championships are poorly governed and unfortunately it leaves them vulnerable to this type of situation. Too many clubs lack ambition. Too many clubs cannot see further than being pot hunters and living with short-term goals.
It will be interesting to see if Brian Barwick, as the new RFL Chairman, can fill the leadership void that has appeared in the past couple of years, although he is only in a part-time role of several days per month. I see that Roger Draper has left the LTA. Draper, as a proven sports administrator at the highest level (former Sport England CEO, LTA boss) would be the ideal person to lead rugby league in my opinion. He is almost the obvious choice that would appease both the traditionalist and expansionist wings of the game. A proven sports leader, but hailing from a rugby league background.
Edited by Jonty, 19 March 2013 - 11:46 AM.