: No you're not the only one who's a little suspiscious, but you and John are
: seriously wrong about the conclusions to be drawn from, or the action to be
: taken in response to, dubious RU motives.
Maybe - certainly I would like to be proved wrong if that means that
Rugby League in general gains (and not just Wigan).
: The merits or otherwise of a proposal should be assessed in terms of the
: likely consequences of its being enacted.
I'm a pragmatist too - I just don't think that there will be any -major-
consequences i.e. I think that it will prove essentially nothing.
: RU bigots may, indeed, wish to
: ensnare the commercially attractive parts of RL, but the strategies they
: choose may not necessarilly achieve that objective.
I think that they will find Rugby League to be highly resilient if they
try a commercial takeover; the customer base is highly loyal.
: In my view:
: a) Anything which enables the general public to compare RU & RL on similar
: terms is bound to produce a favourable judgement on RL's basic skills and
: entertainment value.
True but marginal in my view - O.K. we will get some converts from amongst
the Rugby Union supporting public but I think that with the advent of
Summer Rugby we should be looking to attract soccer spectators. The real
challenge of Super League in this country is to increase gates to 10,000+
all round without including amongst that number the football hooligans who
will create major problems in unsegrated stadia.
: b) If you believe (as I do) that RU has acted pettilly, and disgracefully
: towards RL, you hardly bolster the case for RL adopting their pathetic
: practices of splendid isolation from reality. As Nelson Mandela has
: demonstrated, magnanimity to a pusilanimous, but ultimately defeated,
: former enemy, only enhances the strength of the righteous victims.
I agree entirely although one should note that Mandela also gained a
major victory over his former oppressors with the establishment of
true democracy. Rugby League cannot as yet claim a similar victory
but if the RFU were to apologise that would be it. The English RFU
has not yet repealled it's amateur law even though players like
Heslop have now returned and the SARFU has replaced it's amateur
law with an anti-League law - not the signs of a defeated enemy.
Regarding pettiness there is a lot of it about. For instance the
League Express leader recently suggested that Wigan should not
allow Orrell to use Central Park for their Leicester match on the
opening weekend of the Super League. I disagree - I think any
sport should be able to use Rugby League stadia - one day maybe
Rugby League will be played at Twickenham or the Arms Park.
Similarly the Leeds ground sharing agreement - why not? I'm
even happy with the Middlesex sevens in that the invitation was
from the RFU and can be seen as a recognition that Rugby League
is not going to just go away. But this Wigan/Bath double
header is one too far for me.
All the best
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