IS THE plight of Bradford Bulls, along with the sacking of coach Mick Potter and a number of staff, something that hurts the English game?
To be honest I think all it highlights is the state of the world economy, and the fact that almost everywhere is in a recession and times are tough.
Most sports need crowds to generate their income and ensure their turnover and unfortunately, in rugby league, some clubs get really good crowds but others don’t.
With the salary cap, clubs need good crowds if they are going to be able to compete.
If as a club you haven’t got a very kind chairman – not everyone is lucky enough to have someone like Huddersfield do in Ken Davy – you can end up where Bradford have ended up.
But it’s tough for everyone, and at Bradford you have a whole load of people who work there who have been told that they are not getting paid any more – while the evidence shows they have been doing a good job.
For a start, if you picked a coach of the year in Super League at the moment then it is Mick Potter hands down.
When Mick took over Bradford they were in an absolute mess and stuck down at the bottom of the table, but he has picked them up and taken them on from there and it looked as though they were comfortably going to be in the play-offs this year.
They have been playing well this season and they showed that when they beat Wigan at Wigan the other day.
And that has been done with people at the club knowing they were facing administration, yet they have still turned up and competed and played well and that is a credit to Mick, his players and all of the staff at the club.
It is really unfortunate that all the hard work that these people have put in to get the club to where they are now has been taken away from them and it will be a new set of people who will move in.
And if that group of players stay together then it could be a pretty easy job to walk into really, because Mick has already done all the hard yards.
THE England versus Exiles match is another attempt by the game over here to try and replicate the competitive edge of the State Of Origin in Australia – is that an impossible dream?
The State Of Origin is probably an event that a lot of sports throughout the would like to emulate.
It is one of those very rare things in world sport where teammates play against each other in an intensely competitive game that is played with real passion.
But even though the Origin game has been going at that level for a fair few years now, I don’t think when it actually started that it was quite like that.
I think it was only when Arthur Beetson decided to belt Mick Cronin on the chin – and they were teammates – that the whole atmosphere and attitude of the Origin game started.
But it takes time for an event to build up to that level, and I think many sports would want to work out just how you generate that kind of interest, passion and atmosphere – it’s not that easy to do.
I think the concept of the Exiles game is a good thing, and the players certainly seem to enjoy it.
It gives England the opportunity to play some better opposition than just a France side at the moment who have got a number of very good players but not enough depth to produce 17 good players.
The idea is good and in the game at the Galpharm last night there were a lot more young English players getting their chance, so that is good for the game over here.