Rugby League's future in the bush. Not sure if you guys are too aware but there is a massive **** fight here in the bush at the moment between bush clubs and the CRL (Mr Quinn). The issue is getting a large amount of media exposure here in the bush and it stems from Leo McCarthy from a Wagga Wagga rugby league club having a go at the CRL for not doing much for league in the bush. Quinns reply was that it was the clubs fault for letting it slip-what a load of crap ! Rugby union is making massive inroads around the area with a growing development program and a Brumbies pre-season game which was hugely popular and got a massive amount of positive media coverage. Aussie Rules is going from strenghth to strenghth with a Kangaroos pre-season super camp spreading itself around the area and a massive amount of positive media coverage with that- they also have a number of development officers spread throughout the area and a great Auskick juniors program. League has one development officer spread throughout the area (who does the best job he can with the resources he is allocated from the CRL). If the CRL thinks there is no problem they are living in fantasy land. League is DYING IN THE BUSH. My local league team has disappeared just as many others in the area. Most clubs are forced to rely on imports which detracts from the local interest and country footy clubs just can't afford to pay these players the money they are asking. Juniors-due to a combination of having nowhere to play league and the bad press associated with the game, are turning more and more to rules and union. I love league and think it is a better game than rules and union put together but unfortunately I can see the game soon disappearing from my local area- an area that produced the likes of Cliff Lyons, the Mortimer brothers, Simon Bonetti, Simon Wolford, Laurie Daley,Trent Barett, Peter Sterling, Steve Readon and I'm sure I could go on and on. The NRL and CRL need to get off the arses and do something about this otherwise league will be lost forever to this area and that would be a sad thing indeed. I just wanted to put it to you all and see what you thought.