RUGBY LEAGUE: Centenary's Chance to Celebrate in Style ; Sport-by-Sport Guide to 1995: England Awaits the European Football Inva Sion as Rugby Union's World Cup Takes Over
Hadfield, Dave, The Independent (London, England)
The coming year is the most pivotal and significant that even a game which specialises in living in a state of perpetual crisis has seen for a very long time.
Part of the importance is symbolic. This is the code's centenary year, and it is vital for its self-confidence that the event is celebrated in style, notably with a successful staging of its most ambitious World Cup to date, in England and Wales in October.
The World Cup will bring together some vastly differing fortunes. The game in Australia is in rude good health and the expansion of the Winfield Cup to Auckland, Perth and both ends of Queensland in March is one of the most significant steps the sport has ever taken.
There is excitement too over the potential of the emerging league nations, Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa, who are coached by the inspirational Graham Lowe and could be Wales' nemesis in league as they were in union.
In France, though, the future of the game hangs on what now seems the very slender thread of Jacques Fouroux' grand but flawed design. …