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    Default Re: Rugby in Australia - not quite dead, but close

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCraig View Post
    There are a number of issues - lack of FTA TV is one; the disconnect with Super Rugby is another, including the time zone issue and the "franchise" naming (noone in the street knows where Stormers, Bulls, Highlanders etc are from - I note ABC Radio are now saying "Otago", "Waikato" etc in their sports reports); the gap between amateur club rugby and Super Rugby - NRC hasnt caught the imagination; and back to your point of wasted money - the complete lack of development officers and public school penetration. AFL and NRL have development officers everywhere, provide free jerseys and balls to schools etc. Union do nothing.
    Engineers of their own misfortune then. THAT is where the Union needed to be spending their money... not on some half arsed quick fix buying has-been RL players.

    Rugby Union has been thoroughly mismanaged in Australia, and that began long before the current administration. It started with the end of Possum Head's reign as CEO post 2003 RWC. The ARU was in a very good financial position at that point, then Flowers started making a mess of things, so in 2007 they called Possum Head back. One of his first acts was to can the ARC... big mistake! Sure it was losing cash but that does not matter... every aspect of what a sporting body does, does not have to pay for itself - a good example is recruitment programmes. NBL, NHL, and NFL teams spend millions on recruitment programmes - they cost big money and they make zero financial return, but those teams would not be without them; they stay the course, because they understand that the payoff is not in cash, and does not come until years down the line.

    RA should have subsidised the ARC. Our NPC doesn't pay for itself, it costs the NZRU bucket loads of cash every year, but they understand that this is the price they have to pay to have what is arguably the best rugby talent conveyor belt in the world. Rugby pundits the world over are continually astonished at the frequency with which new talent appears on the scene in NZ. The NPC is the reason for that, and it costs money - the payoff comes in the future.

    RA has failed to play the long game!
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    Default Re: Rugby in Australia - not quite dead, but close

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian_Cook View Post
    Engineers of their own misfortune then. THAT is where the Union needed to be spending their money... not on some half arsed quick fix buying has-been RL players.

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    RA has failed to play the long game!
    100% agree.

    When my son started playing U10's in 2009 we had 3 ARU (or NSWRU?) dev officers looking after northern Sydney. You wanted one to come to a training or coach-the-coach session or on a school visit give them a call and out they came. You wanted the Waratah's "Tah man" mascot at a juniors day or a school fete - make a call and there he was. The Dev officers also ran coaching, referee and "Smart Rugby" safety courses.

    Now, nothing.

    There is a grassroots interest in the game and plenty of talent but its not nurtured or funded.

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