A recent posting on this news group gave details of a SUper League
international competition including USA, Japan, Hong Kong, SOuth Africa
A further posting revealed that these matches will not now be played,
apparently because of the main sponsor pulling out. No help has
come from the RL to get the competition off the ground, and it has
been cancelled - susposedly for 1 year.
IMO this is a disaster for the game outside of Britain. How can
junior developing League nation be expected to survive without
interantional competition to raise the profile of the game.
How can they survive without any help from the International Board
of the RL.
The answer is - they can't.
Today I have read that RL in South Africe has failed - due having no
assistance from the RL:
Ockie Oosthuizen is reported to have said:
"We have done everything in our power to promote the game in South
Africa, but it will never be possible to keep the game going without
the support of the international governing body."
The RL *must* realise that the game in developing nations around the
world is coming under emense pressure, increasing now due to the open
professionallism of the RU. The game in these countries is dying,
any delay in installing a meaningful international competition - even
for only one year - will destroy any hopes of further international
expansion. Instead these nations will just turn to RU - which has
a much sounder international base.
WIthout a credible number of international teams the game in this
country will become isolated - and this can only lead to eventual
amalgamation with RU, probably on less than favourable terms.
Once again the RL as an international body has failed to see the
significance of expansion - even the SUper League with its grand
designs could only muster 1 team outside England - not even a presence
in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.
I am a life long RL supporter - I used to watch Kent Invicta - but
my patience with RL is running out. I want to see the game respected
world wide, but time is running out. My passion for the game can
only take so many set backs and missed opportunities and it is waining.
To me, the future of RL begins to look bleak, as even the most clear
cut opportunities for growth and consolidtaion are squandered time
I hope someone has something to say that will restore my faith -
but somehow; I doubt it.