> I agree wholeheartedly. A new 10 team comp, starting afresh would have
> been the better way to go, but the NRL/ARL/SL did not have the guts to
> do it.
be torn apart again before the wounds even had time to mend. By waiting two
years before dropping teams I believe the NRL has acted wisely, since
***letting before letting the competition settle down (even to a degree)
would cause hasty and ill-advised mergers. At least now we've got the
situation where teams are negotiating with each other and most are actively
looking to participate in the revised comp. If the NRL had scrubbed all the
Sydney teams and replaced them with arbitrarily designated 'super' teams, any
loyalty fans had would disappear. At least with voluntary mergers the clubs
have a say & some identity is retained.
(Oh God, I sound like Wade!!!!!)
> Sydney East
> Sydney West
The idea that the strongest RL city in the world can contribute two teams
while NZ could contribute 3 is pretty laughable. Give it 25 years and it
might be true, but an awful lot would have to change first.
> Central Coast
> Wellington or Port Moresby.
likely to succeed. I personally have doubts over the chances of even a
second NZ team any time in the next 10 years. The Warriors would have to be
a far more pronounced success (a la Brisbane) to convince me that 3 teams
were even possible.
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