With recent and potential upcoming results, is there any indication on how any country and can be officially switched from tier 2 to 1 with Aus, NZ & England? All potential candidates have strengths and weaknesses but how will it be decided if a country is ever to make the step up? Results are one thing but would be hard to include countries with very few born & bred players and the inability to host regular home profitable internationals. So the candidates: Fiji Competitive Results - Yes Host profitable Internationals - Unsure, I'm sure they could if they ever had regular home games.. Produce Players - Yes, reasonable at the moment with an increase with NSW Cup team. PNG Competitive Results - Unsure, England game will be a big indicator, no reason why they won't improve year on year. Host profitable Internationals - Yes, big crowds & excellent atmosphere. I don't imagine they would make a huge profit but surely profitable Produce Players - Yes, slowly getting there, the potential is definitely mostly untapped still. Tonga Competitive Results - Yes. Host profitable Internationals - Probably not, nation of 100k, unless they play "home" internationals in Auckland. Produce Players - No, again population of 100k makes it hard to produce a lot of players. France Competitive Results - No, getting a better soread of domestic players, look decent on paper at full strength but never seem to get lucky with injuries. Host profitable Internationals - Yes, have had good crowds in recent years. Produce Players - Yes, have their own semi-pro comp and providing more and more players despite Catalans insistence on "quick fix" heritage players.