Given the elevation of Andy Farrell, and the long history of converts to Union, I wondered if there was a useful discussion to be had about the impact League has had on Union in particular, but also how the two codes can both continue to co-exist and indeed hopefully work for the good of each other
Clearly there was a fundamental change when Union "officially" became professional, and without doubt Union now has a much bigger profile than League (and arguably moreso in Ireland than most other rugby playing nations)
League has suffered but still retains pockets of fervent interest. However the money is surely much better in Union.
Clearly there was a gulf created between the codes when League was established in the 19th century, and arguable there remains a bit of a class distinction between the 2 codes. However there have been some very high profile moves, initially from Union to League, but nowadays much more in the other direction. Although League remains in more "working class" environments, what constitutes "working class" is very different from the heyday of the mining industry, where the hard work in the pits during the week would result in very physical players who would supplement their wages by turning out for the local league club over the weekend
It seems to me that the 2 codes can certainly still co-exist, and League has tried many initiatives to help boost its profile. I guess though there must be questions over whether it can remain a full-time professional sport, unless it can find a way of working alongside Union, and perhaps helping "feed" what has now become a bigger sport
Some unstructured ramblings from me, but hopefully a base for some discussion about where League stands in the current environment, and where it may head in the future (and also to give Tom a bit of assurance that I do try and give the sport a bit of thought on occasion, unlike he who is permanently engrossed in it)