St George-Illawarra assistant coach Ian Millward feels that the Super Eights concept is not good for Super League, and could damage the England national team in future.
The former St Helens and Castleford coach believes that the lack of intensity in games at the end of the season could lead to more talent departing from the Super League and heading to the NRL.
“The whole league loses intensity. It’s been disastrous,” he said, according to the Daily Star.
“When I had an opportunity there, we were always talking about English rugby league recreating the intensity of the NRL. But now there are lots of games that aren’t important.
“The system has lost its competitive edge. Week in, week out you see it and everyone gets an opportunity to relax. It’s so wrong.
“The good players will want to play in the NRL and the national team will become a reflection of those players in the NRL. That can’t be good for the game in the UK.”