League vs Union argument is an age old argument in Australia, its in our blood, its a class war, its a sports war, its a war of passion and belief here. (well at least in NSW and QLD. the rest of the country plays some dumb sport called AFL). Maybe it isnt so relevant to non-Aussies, but i would love to hear any insights from you guys from around the world, if you dont have an opinion on which is better, at least tell me how stupid you think the argument is or something like that. Another thread got me onto the thought that i would like to see what everyone says to this. Im pretty sure this forum is dominated by Union supporters, but I am sure we will be able to get a healthy debate going, and if a League bashing session ensues, well all the better I say. I thought of this argument when we were discussing whether or not drop goals should be worth 3 points in Union after the events in the tri-nations opener. I am all for the 3 points, i think if we reduced them to 1 point we might as well get rid of them altogether. I think that a 3 point drop goal is a very important part of our game because it rewards teams that dominate field position, and puts it in the mind of the defensive team that they have to cover the man going for it, which can in turn create holes for the attacking team to score more tries, and MOST importantly, it rewards someone who can calmly kick a drop kick accurately under pressure.. a skill not many posess. the 3 points allows it to have enough of a bearing on the game to be important. But to the League vs Union argument... I love my Union. In my mind and in my heart, it excites me more, it is more fun to play, its more fun to watch, the hits are bigger, the skills are greater, the game is more open, ITS MORE INTERNATIONAL. I think you would find any Leaguie to say exactly the same about League (without the last point). In fact i got one sitting next to me at work saying it right now! I honestly cant understand why Leaguies call this great game of ours Yawnion. Generally i think that League is a much simpler and less dynamic game than Union, with mostly one out hit-ups and only expansive play happens on the last tackle. Having said all of that and declared which side of the fence i sit on, this year especially i am enjoing watching League, and its KILLING ME!! there are so many young guys coming through the ranks here in League, and they are exciting and really talented. On the oother hand, in Union in Australia we are feeling the fallout of the big League buys of Wendell, Lote and Rogers, which i thought pushed a lot of juniors out of the game because they felt there was no future for them in Union when the ARU would just buy a good Leaguie instead of support an up-and-comer from the junior ranks. Its going to take the domestic Aussie teams a few years to recover, and it shows in our depth at Wallaby level. I have a bit more to say on the argument, but i think i will leave it open for discussion for the moment. I'd love to hear people's opinions on Unioin buying League players, and anything else you can think of related to this great battle!