David Wilson (68)
You provide carrot and stick to get people on board. The four clubs who banded together to form the Rays (and tipped in $30k each IIRC) were basically sold out by ARU/RA who created the Country Eagles so that recalcitrant clubs who tried to sagotage the whole thing had a place for their players to go - and then rubbed everyone's nose in it to let them play some home games at Coogee Oval. (Country Eagles at Coogee Oval - yes you read it right)
If you want people involved you give them more reasons to say 'yes' than reasons to say 'no'. The implementation (and I use the term loosely) of the NRC has been abysmal. It's allowed those who opposed it to shaft those who were in favour.
Re Wales - think concept not the way it may or may not be being executed.
My recollection of the reasoning behind the creation of the NSW Country side was a disagreement between Sydney University and Randwick over which club would be the head honcho in any amalgamation of Eastern and Southern SS clubs. Rightr from the very beginning it has been SS clubs, including Eastwood's initial stance to not contribute towards the Rams amalgamation, that has undermined the NRC in Sydney.