The not appealing part is not something I would come up with myself, as I watch RL and it appeals to me, rather from what I have been told from those who don't watch it. Most people I know do not, and they are not interested in RU either so there isn't any class issue involved. If you look at videos of sports online the ones that generate by far the most views are those with moments of skill, a trick, a wow moment. Messi, Federer, Jordan, non contact skill dominated sports and with an aesthetically pleasing way of scoring, or even in golf with that famous putt of Tiger Woods at the Masters that hung on the edge of the cup and then went in. Also in these sports individuals are allowed to excell and really stand out, this obviously also applies to individual sports such as athletics with Bolt. Unfortunately for collision dominated sports there is much less of these important appealing factors. Colliding with another person is seen as run of the mill. I got into RL after I was taken to a game at St Helens as witnessing the actual collisions in the flesh works much better than on tv. Collision based sports have less appeal borne out by much lower participation numbers and viewing figures. Each collision based sport is biggest in its cultural heartland - country of origin - as there is an inherent cultural connection to it, it's a built in loyalty, but where there is no cultural connection it struggles to generate interest. The key for any collision sport is how to create more wow moments. Less straight up collisions, and more skills that generate interest among the masses. "most places around the world"..there you go again. RU has barely any footprint in over 90% of the planet. You have a very myopic view of the world. The world is not Australia, or England. 95% of the countries and population of the planet have no interest in RU. Nothing is stopping RL from being as big as it wants to be except RL itself.