"Agreed to move to the next step of discussions." Just about sums this country up, doesn't it? Our neighbours in the Asia Pacific see this wonderful opportunity to grow rugby via WSR and are ready and raring to go, while Australian rugby, offered the same opportunity to grow the game in an apparently underutilised market, responds with bureaucratic inertia and internal power plays which means the competition as a whole gets held up, all because they're only prepared to "move to the next step of discussions." It's a bit like the South African farmer situation all over again. Our government decides we want to support them, then it gets tangled up over the best way to support them, then noisy malcontents raise objections and by the end of the whole thing it's unclear whether the government still wants to support them at all. Meanwhile, the Russians just go, "You know what? We need farmers. 15,000, come on over" and Australia misses out on a potentially massive benefit because no one in a position of authority is prepared to make a decision. That's not to suggest that I want a Putin to run Australian rugby. I'd settle for someone who can show a little initiative, vision and decision-making ability (a Twiggy-like figure, if you will). Of course, this rant of mine assumes that Rugby Australia actually wants WSR to go ahead and isn't just stalling. That may be a heroic assumption on my part.