I hope the world cup is a success, I will be attending but, has the 2013 WC been doomed by the RFL?
What do you make of the Australia England game being played in Wales or Semi-finals at Wembley?
Has the RFL made a massive error restructuring the Super league in such a poor way nobody has discussed the world cup on the television or in the media properly?
Is the rest of the country aware of the tournament?
Is Steve Mac the right man for England? (NO)
I hope the world cup is a success, I will be attending.
I have opinions on these matters but would love you to share yours.
To Answer your questions;
1 - It what conceivable way has the RLWC been doomed by the RFL. if anything they should be applauded for all the good work they have done
2 - Both fantastic venues - very happy to go back to Cardiff and very sensible choice to have the DH Semi's at Wembley and final at Old Trafford, rather than the other way.
3 - Regardless of the structure of SL the RFL cannot put one thing on hold to sort out another. Both have had to run concurrently, and it is us, as fans, and our negative journalists who have decided to focus on a league structure that won't be coming in until 2015, rather than a WC that is happening in 3 months.
4 - Not many people are aware, but the awareness is growing. That will do for me at this stage. If we have got 50% of tickets sold by the beginning of September I think that is a success. Who is playing at what QF venue is not yet decided, so I don't think many QF tickets will have been sold - I am going to 8 games so far and will go to a QF, but won't buy my ticket until I know who is playing at what venue. I guess I am not alone in this.
5 - I believe Steve Mc is the right person - we went with an excellent coach in 2008 with T.Smith and that back fired due to us not actually playing like a team who wanted to win for one another. I believe McNamara has built this ethos into the England team. The coaching is a minor part - you have a squad of world class players who will get on with the job regardless - it's your job to make them play as a team. To back this up, let's look at some current International managers and their coaching jobs prior/since being in the hot seat.
Clive Woodward - won the WC - was ASSISTANT COACH at Leicester before England and is now not in sports coaching
Stuart Lancaster - Highest ranked NH team, recently beat AB convincingly - was Director of Rugby at LEEDS CARNEGIE - in the 2nd tier of the comp
Tims Sheens - Australia coach - been at West Tigers since 2003 - champions 8 years ago - team now 15th in league
Stephen Kearney - Kiwi Coach - ASSISTANT COACH at Melbourne Storm before being NZ Coach and winning RLWC2008, 2010 4N. Now coach at Parramatta who have come 14th, 16th and look to be 16th again.
Roy Hodgson - was at WEST BROM, LIVERPOOL, FULHAM, before being appointed for the top job.
Vincente Del Bosque - hadn't coached for 3 years before taking on the Spanish job
There are plenty more examples. I can't think of any top coaches/managers in any club sport have gone on to be top class International Managers. They require different attributes, but it seems only RL fans think an International Manager has to have a great club record.