Although this is unlikely to happen, at least in the near future, today we look at whether or not a monthly venue swap between the NRL and Super League would work.
Basically, this would mean that each month one NRL game is taken over to England to be played and one Super League game taken to Australia, for example, the Broncos hosting the Cowboys at the DW Stadium in Wigan, with Wigan hosting Warrington at Suncorp Stadium, with the teams that make the trip being rotated each month to give audiences a chance to see every team from the other league.
The benefits of the NRL taking a game per month to England are obvious, with the NRL being the world’s most popular professional Rugby League competition in the world, there are many more fans in England who support the NRL, than Australian fans who support the Super League, meaning basically every game played in England would draw near sell-out crowds.
The Super League in front of Australia would also be extremely beneficial for both parties not to the international spectrum and growth of our great game.
It is hard for many Australians to watch the Super League, only half the games per round are televised in Australia, with most games kicking off around 6:00 AM on pay tv.
This has to lead to a negative and frankly wrong opinion of the Super League from many Australian fans, with many referring to the Super League as vastly inferior which could not be further from the truth, all you have to do is look at the World Club Challenge record and the amount of Super League players recently who have thrived in the NRL.
A Super League game per month being held in Australia would further expose Australian fans to how good the Super League really is and likely change the negative perception many have towards the league.
Long term this concept would undoubtedly grow both league’s International footprint greatly, as fans are more heavily exposed to the other competition.
This would also allow players to experience new surroundings and add to the occasion of what would generally be just another regular-season game.