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Interesting comments in the last 15 minutes or so by Michael Carter on the latest Forty-20 podcast Says transatlantic expansion is a utopian dream and rugby league should concentrate on exploiting untapped potential in the North. His idea of expanding the game is to make it attractive enough that Everton fans watch Saints at home when the former are playing away. Perhaps in the Covid world that is the way forward for rugby league?
With Toronto probably going to Super League next year and Ottawa and New York still a possibility could the idea of a North America league be something that could happen?. Rugby union has Major League Rugby (MLR) a collection of 9 full time union teams that will be expanding to 12 next year. The American market is big and one we need to tap into, union has played some premiership league games over there and now has a league, maybe Super League games should be played over there coupled with 1 or 2 native teams doing well there could be a foundation for a league.
Today, I came across a copy of the 1948-49 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, Bradford Northern v Halifax, Wembley programme. Amongst the programme notes: "Rugby League in the South - Efforts are being made to introduce the game of Rugby League Football into the London area......" They go on to talk about the introduction of a competitive amateur competition for the South (a bit like the newly formed Southern Conference Amateur Rugby League?) On the other hand, we have 40 years of London (now Broncos), plus Catalans, Toulouse, Toronto, maybe Ottawa and New York. And it made me wonder..... have we been here before? What really is the future of RL? Will it stay the same as it is now, will it go truly national, will it go international with champions league style glamour and coverage? Will Superleague & RFL pull together or pull apart ? I have no answers, only questions, so I thought I should float this question to a wider and more experienced readership.