Rubbish. Like we know all this because Souths didn't meet the biased weighting of the sacred 'criteria'. A criteria which had superleague teams pumped up with Murdoch money. I remember the idiot ceo from cronulla spruiking at the time that if cronulla merged with Souths the only identity Souths would have would be the colour of the socks. Like Souths would merge with a superleague team? I'd rather the club fold than follow that abortion of a merger. And many fans thought the same. As for whittaker at the time.... NEIL WHITTAKER: Oh look, I think the door's been opened and then there've been opportunities for quite a while. I guess what the NRL is saying is that we'll continue to do whatever we can to assist them to do that. I mean that's what we've wanted all along. We've got six clubs involved in joint ventures, they've secured their future and it would be very good if we could ... if we could, you know, work with the Souths to achieve that for them as well. Yep, out of those 6 clubs, 2 are recognisable, and 2 no longer exist. That really secured their future. Souths stood alone because they weren't going to prostitute themselves just to make idiots like whittaker happy. They're the fans who piggins represented. And once again if you think MORE rationalisation was the answer than you have no idea. You sound like one of the pencil pushers from news Corp.