GREAT ARTICLE TOO! read belowStrange as this may sound, the NRL should look at re-admitting Wests back into the national competition and have them permanently based out in the western suburbs, with the Tigers a stand alone inner-west entity.Some Observations on Saturday:There is something not quite right about the TIgers / Wests amalgam at the moment. The Wests VB NSW Cup team is struggling at the bottom of the ladder. Unlike the Tigers in Balmain, they have no access to NRL level players which makes it almost impossible to compete at the same level. We have argued many times this season that the VB NSW Cup is of exceptional quality and is a superb format for NRL players who are out of form to improve and for other players past the Toyota Cup level to continue to develop and have a second chance at the bigtime. We can’t see why a NSW Cup side said cannot be supplied by two sides considering the Cronulla Sharks team is supplied by its senior NRL list and the Melbourne Storm.The Wests brand has a proud tradition and needs to survive in some form particularly with the AFL’s GWS now entering the western suburban sporting market. Strange as this may sound, the NRL should look at re-admitting Wests back into the national competition and have them permanently based out in the western suburbs, with the Tigers a stand alone inner-west entity. The one stumbling block is obviously money. The AFL continues to heavily invest, expand and grow healthy attendances, whilst the NRL flounders and fumbles with a product that deserves better. Whilst no-one is irreplaceable, the loss of David Gallop during the week wont help the NRL’s future cause.
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