The topic of White’s decision to play Brumbies in Canberra’s local competition seems to invade other threads so I thought it time to step out on its own. The Coach on a separate thread accurately said “Spreading the non-test S15 players across multiple competitions seems to be a direct contradiction to the often expressed need for a 3rd tier.” Who’s to say that Sydney’s the best place for that to happen? There are 7 Canberra Clubs all producing decent Rugby. Their grounds are as good or better than some of the goat tracks Sydney Clubs are forced to play on. The reality is the “3rd Tier” can only exist when it can sell a TV product. Geography has nothing to do with that. Add in access to the AIS, quality universities for post career development and a population with near the highest average disposable income and it has the makings of a good competition. They also have one advantage that the Shute Shield can never overcome, no matter how much money is available….they would not be hindered by the administration of the NSWRU. This does not discount Brisbane as a possibility. However the strong markets of League and AFL would make competing more difficult. The main point is NSW has had nearly a hundred years to develop a viable competition. Yet still can’t get it right. As the ref says, “use it or lose it”. So, the Brumbies and ACT Rugby have made the decision to develop their competition into the best in Australia by ensuring that local rugby fans get to see the best players available. They are working for the good of rugby in the ACT, not at their chosen club. If I was a young player with dreams of higher honours (without the old school tie connection) I would go where I would get the most exposure to top quality players and coaches….and at the moment, that is not Sydney Declaration. I have played Shute Shield, John I Dent and Kentwell. I believe the depth of Australian Rugby is greater than many, even on G&GR, believe. Administrators need to look outside their tiny boxes if Australian Rugby is to ever reach its potential. I don’t care where it happens, I would just like to see it happen. I think White's decision is the right one and other provinces could do worse than follow this path.