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    Default Rugby in Australia - not quite dead, but close

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/...0cb7f86794eb7a

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

    That is a big concern. Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere needs a strong Australia.

    Perhaps Rugby Australia could set up a streaming service and sell it's product direct to the public for $5 or $10 a month?
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    Hopefully Twiggy Forest comes in and takes the whole thing over

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCraig View Post
    Hopefully Twiggy Forest comes in and takes the whole thing over
    with rapid rugby?

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

    Not sure that’s going to happen any more.
    Forrest was upbeat despite the call, saying he always knew organising 60 games of rugby in eight international territories in just 15 weeks was going to be a tough ask.
    “Run, Forrest. Run!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    Not sure that’s going to happen any more.


    “Run, Forrest. Run!”
    That story is about last years season, which ended up having some great games

    In any case GRR is just a stepping stone to what he wants - like Packer with World Series Cricket

    Hopefully Twiggy signs up all the players RA can no longer afford

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    RA spent millions on short term fixes buying RL players (Sailor, Rogers, Tuquiri, Folau et al) many of whom were overpriced well past their use-by date, instead of spending those millions on developing the game to nurture talent at the grass roots.

    They failed to learn the lessons from the last time we bailed them out in the 1970s, that to have a strong game at international level, you usually need a strong game at domestic level.

    Well, they are now, finally paying the price for their short sightedness, a price that has been exacerbated by the fact that one of those players turned out to be a homophobic, religious nutcase.
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    Default Re: Rugby in Australia - not quite dead, but close

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian_Cook View Post
    RA spent millions on short term fixes buying RL players (Sailor, Rogers, Tuquiri, Folau et al) many of whom were overpriced well past their use-by date, instead of spending those millions on developing the game to nurture talent at the grass roots.

    They failed to learn the lessons from the last time we bailed them out in the 1970s, that to have a strong game at international level, you usually need a strong game at domestic level.

    Well, they are now, finally paying the price for their short sightedness, a price that has been exacerbated by the fact that one of those players turned out to be a homophobic, religious nutcase.
    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.

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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.
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