Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Oh, I agree. But I think a world cup that concentrated on the genuine league nations (Oz, NZ, PNG, England & France) with a "developing nations" tournament to run alongside it would be the way to go.
The other countries in this WC may be competitive but they look really contrived, with Tonga, Samoa & Fiji propped up with Australians & NZders who have island ancestry and Ireland and Scotland with Englishman (& a few Aussies) with a celtic (grand)parent.
Makes the sport look a bit daft as it is.
I guess it's a way of making the WC just that little more competitive. The duel nation rule is the biggest joke though. If you play for a country once you shouldn't be allowed to play for another country, at least not for a certain amount of time, say 5 years. Unless of course that country isn't a recognised WC country ala Matt Petersen playing for the USA.
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