Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

"The more things change the more they stay the same"

The Crusaders fiasco is Gateshead Thunder and Paris St Germain all over again.

I don't understand how a sport with an expansionist agenda, which receives millions of pounds from it's sponsors, can allow a team like the Crusaders to fail on financial grounds yet allow three other teams, recently out of administration to carry on. If this is a three year process why did it all happen at the last minute?

I feel particularly sorry for the loyal Welsh fans and hard working Crusaders players, some of whom have recently signed new contracts. The RFL and the club owners have a lot of questions to answer and Rod Findlay has a track record to defend. Will the Crusaders carry on in the Championship? If they don't, well it says it all 

Where does this leave RL expansion? Will it ever be attempted again?

Where does this leave Welsh RL, the 2011 Four Nations, the 2013 World Cup and international RL?  

Where does it leave the franchise system?

It's a sorry mess


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