What next for rugby league in Wales?

What next for rugby league in Wales?

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Wales has had quite the history in rugby league, from the pre-war days of Jim Sullivan to the class of 2000 making the World Cup semi-finals, but what is next?

The country has its presence in professional rugby league. North Wales Crusaders and West Wales Raiders both compete in League 1, although at one stage, Wales did have a Super League side.

Crusaders RL was the original club, although poor management away from the pitch, as well as a few other factors, meant that did not last very long.

Whilst the last few years have been a struggle for the Raiders, this year has seen some real marquee signings and there is a genuine excitement around the place for what lies ahead.

Away from the professional game, there are several Welsh sides competing in the Southern Conference League. Torfaen Tigers, Valley Cougars and Cardiff Blue Dragons have all played in the compeition.

But what can Wales do to make that next step?

Crucial to their success is the fortunes of its two professional sides. If both do well, interest can be generated, and it can inspire a whole new generation of fans and future players.

Whilst all that ticks over, the Wales international side also has a role to play in ensuring the future success of the sport there.

Now coached by John Kear, the side have been drawn a group of death in the 2021 World Cup. Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the Cook Islands all lie in wait for the Welsh side.

Kear, however, sees it as a chance to put themselves among some of the best players in the world. If they are successful in this, it could attract new fans for them.

Wales have always had an interesting past, although the future is looking good as well.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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