The Heineken Cup thing is a shambles. No surprise really as money is starting to take hold of the game now.
Jambalaya, do you want to end up with a football situation where a few clubs have all the money and power, reducing the chances of smaller clubs ever being successful? Where the clubs have the power over the international game?
To me the international game is still the bit I enjoy watching the most. Possibly because with the invention of scottish and welsh regions there has been a loss of smaller clubs which now play at a lower level.. Progress maybe but not local for a lot of people.
Going forward there could be things learnt from things like the NFL system of trying to equalise the game so that the ones with the deepest pockets can't buy their way to the top.
Maybe because I'm scottish and we are always going to struggle I feel this way and possibly if I was a tigers fan I wouldn't.
Anyway. Decision isn't ours to make and we can only hope we are left with some kind of game to watch and enjoy.