Brett Papworth's article (below), "As you sow, so shall you reap", highlights the fact that the ARU is completely neglecting that massive sector of its national business that contributes most (arguably 95%) to the bottom line of that business. That sector is club rugby - especially Sydney and Brisbane premiership rugby. That bottom line includes growth in senior, colts, junior clubs and schools, both male and female players. Not only do clubs provide organisational support, admin support, some financial support, coaches, managers, development squads, these clubs and their players are the aspiration for the very existence of the junior clubs - in Sydney alone, more than 100 junior clubs, each with a dozen or more teams. And guess what - this is the supporter base for our elite level of the game. Add to this reprehensible situation a poorly conceived and positioned NRC competition, and we have these thousands of players and their family and support groups left with no rugby to play and watch from the end of July. It's still winter, so I guess they go somewhere else.
Maybe it's time for rugby people to claim OUR game back!
BRETT PAPWORTH: 'AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP'
It has taken me a few days to calm down after the debacle at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. But I am still angry.