Hawaii Game Lacks Strategical Merit

It was announced in December that England and New Zealand would face off in a one off match in America, many people stipulated the location of the fixture but nothing has been made official yet.

As if the RLIF hadn't annoyed fans enough by making this a mid season fixture, which is garunteed to effect the domestic competitions, they then announced that they are pushing for Australia to play a test match around the same time in Hawaii.

The Rugby League community would have less of a problem with this, if it wasn't for the fact it lacks any sort of development opportunity for the game itself, Hawaii already has a growing Rugby League community, whereas mainland America has a lot of growing room.

The likely venue for this would be Aloha Stadium, which has a capacity of 50,000, which is great but as things stand in Hawaii, Rugby League has a following of 2,000 people, so essentially Rugby League has 12 months to expand the fanbase on the island of 1.4 million by 50X to pack the stadium out.

The decision by the RLIF points to one thing and that's them putting their feelers out for a pool game or two to be played in Hawaii. If that is the case then there is a lot of work to be done before 2025, otherwise we are faced with the daunting prospect of empty stadiums.

In my personal opinion, it will be an opportunity missed to tackle a much larger audience by playing the game away from the mainland, with any luck the RLIF know what they are doing and this fixture will prove to be a good decision.



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