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Why Superleague Should Be 14 Teams
Posted by southstander on August 02 2005 - 06:52:16

Roving Reporter
by Kolpak Stiff

Hello mates.

Your roving Tongan reporter here, bringing you the latest thoughts on the greatest of games from the beautiful islands.

I've started by asking arounds about Super League in your country and it's future direction.

Super League is big news in Tonga. Every weekend, many people are tuning into Sky Sports to watch the games. If you are having satellite dishes on your home, you had better be prepared to have guests round at silly hours of the morning! What makes it so popular is the number of our fellow countrymen - and those of the other Southern Pacific nations - who ply their trade in your country. We admire the defence of Dom Feunati, the pace of Misili Manu, the handling of Sala Fa'alogo.

Next year, of course, you are admitting the team from Frenchland and this is concerning the elders. This Catalan side seem to be made up entirely of French and Australian players. Not a Tongan or Samoan in sight! This severly reduces the options for people to go from these islands and seek fame and fortune in Super League. We all knows that the British game would crumble without our players bolstering your squads. With essentially just eleven teams you may even be able to support the league with only homegrown players and quality imports from the NRL.

There is a solution though. Expand Super League to fourteen sides. It will remove those extra six games where you play some teams for a third time in a season, which confuses us here, and with two more teams to support your playing resources will not be able to cope. You would be almost forcing into bringing over the next Mark Leafa or Junior Langi to pad out your squads. This way, everyone is winning. You get to see great stars of the game from the Pacific and me and my friends can earn a living at the greatest game. I think those arguments are more than justifying a move to 14 clubs.

Until next time - hei konei rä.

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