I don't see how it dilutes the WCC match itself - that will still be between the champions of each league.
The match is already seen by many as just an exhibition (I don't see it that way). By attaching two ACTUAL exhibition games to it, it makes it appear more like an exhibition.
Sometimes less is more.
As the game is envisaged to be played in February in the following year I frankly don't get how the question of the SL champions not being involved even arises?
Because some people have perceived 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 to mean league positions. Leeds finishing 5th wouldn't qualify if that was the case.
It obviously isn't the case, but it needs clarifying for those that can't work it out.
If you're really determined to be negative and assume the two other matches will be pointless, fair enough.
It's not being negative, they literally are pointless. They are friendlies. You don't win anything. No league points. No qualification. No trophy. No prize money has been mentioned.
Personally I don't understand what's not to like about getting the chance to see the best NRL teams play over here and it just winds me up how some so called fans here aren't happy unless they're running down people like Hetherington who are trying to build something.
Give it a chance.
If it's a pointless game, it won't be the best teams. It'll be some pretty good teams going through the motions in a nothing game. It's a shocking format that will generate very little interest from both sides of the world.
If the games had some actual meaning, then it would be FANTASTIC news. But they don't.