I have questioned the no to NZ tour on many threads. Can't see any explanation on why the RFL turned the offer down.
Because like you and many others, they prefer to blame Australia for any lack of international fixtures and profile instead.
My point was Australia are not interested in having GB/england coming down for a big tour like the old days. Them days are long gone and won't be coming back!
That's because it's impossible to schedule a big tour out of season. In the past, we would tour down under during our off season and during their season and vice versa. The blame lies with us when we decided to take Rupert's money, adopt Super League and switch to a summer season.
It has been said loads of times before but state of origin is what matters in Australia.
State of Origin also mattered in 1988 and 1992 but it didn't prevent Australia welcoming GB to tour down under - note, the key ingredient there is those tours were scheduled during the Australian season and during our off-season and vice versa. That's how things used to work extremely well on the international front.
Also why are people calling for mid-season tournaments like rugby union has?
Because it used to work extremely well that way for years?
Its unrealistic and will never happen.
Correct. Not while Super League and summer rugby is around and screwing the game it won't.