Says it all really.
For as long as RL is perceived as something you do when there is no RU ...............
Four words, Jamie Murphy & Lewis Reece.
It's a bit melodramatic but if the game cannot get past being the "other rugby" in south wales then IMHO it's doomed (yet again) to fail.
We thank Jamie and Lewis for their contribution.
I always respect others opinions but perhaps you'd like to explain how we can make the game of RL to be anything than other than 'something you do when there is no RU?'
It doesnt need to take over from RU (and it clearly never will down here) but young people coming into sport can now make a choice. For some it can become their sport of choice and clearly we can produce players cpapble of playing at the highest level (eg Lloyd White, Elliot Kear, Benny Flower).
There are infinite numbers of sports kids can take up, so the task is to try and get the kids on board. I think Wales RL is putting alot of effort into that ethos.
The other question is how do we change the mindset of the media. After the second Wales v Australia RU test match there was 9 pages about the game in the S Wales Echo and only half a page about our game against France. To my mind thats way too much coverage about a game and unbalanced.
Similarly football dominates the local press as obviously its a popular game. The task to my mind is to try and get people to broaden their horizons and get them coming to watch RL. Up North RL appears to as much of a 'lifestyle' as football and Rugby Union is here.
Lets all stick together and work to bring in new supporters, sponsors and volunteers. This game can work in South Wales.