Here's the debate: Why is the budget for Union far superior to that of League? I appreciate that league is younger as a military sport, but the funding for stash for a union 10's tour would support the entire league setup for a year (+more). Is there potential for a 'rugby' pot in the generic sense? granted league has a distinctly northern feel to it, as well as the southern hemisphere, and union is regarded as more of a public schoolboy sport by the average joe. The development of league could easily be given a leg up by the union with the technologies available, which sit redundant during the closed union season. How can the league team compete? are there sponsors out there willing to support an increasingly growing Army sport which plays at the same competative level as the best of the amateur teams (BARLA)? The management are highly dedicated and professional and have years of experience, the training is thorough and competative, the academy side are scouted and nurtured, but with dog-eared hand me downs they don't look the part. Odd socks, mismatched shorts etc...the academy still turned out and beat the Royal Marines full side, these lads had only been together for 2 1/2 days previously. There are years of tradition attached to the union side, with many an international having served, but that will perhaps never occur again with the professional aspect to the game, so let's build on Rugby as a whole, and help support League. from an observer on the sidelines.