Two former Great Britain internationals have accused the RFL of embarrassing the sport after a photo from a recent press conference emerged on social media.

The image shows RFL officials Tony Adams, Brian Barwick, Simon Johnson and Carl Hall seated at a table in a media conference at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium

Many observers claim the photo depicts the sport in a negative light, primarily due to the lack of branding or corporate backdrop.

And this afternoon, retired stars Bobbie Goulding and Jim Mills have added their voices to the debate.

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Mills said: “What the hell are these people doing running the game of Rugby League?

“Football people who know nothing about our game; blame the people who put them in this position – no wonder our game is in such a state.”

Goulding added: “This photo makes me howl!

“RFL marketing at its best. Where are the sponsors?

“You have an opportunity and put vending machines and a table tennis table in the background.

“Come on, this is embarrassing.”

Interim RFL chairman Simon Johnson has responded to the comments. He said: “Please judge us on our record, not your perception of our backgrounds.

“We love the sport and are determined to take it forward as best we can. Please judge us for what we do it for who you think we are.”

RFL president Carl Hall also defended the photo, stating that it was the only room available at the stadium.