Well, it looks doomed now. But I remember when it burst onto our screens, opening a whole new world of wonderful rugby. We went from being able to watch a bit of club rugby, to basking every week in the best talent from New Zealand (in particular), South Africa as well as here at home, playing mostly open and highly attractive rugby. Local up and comers were showcased as never before. We saw the wonderful young stars, from New Zealand in particular, on their way up. I am always bemused when a relative handful of posters tell us that "it was doomed from the start". To the contrary, it boomed from the start. It is a shell of its former self, unfortunately. Just about everything has a life cycle. One thing is for sure and for certain, whatever replaces it will be up against it, because the original product was so wonderful for so much of its life. In the meantime, we really should celebrate the good things about it, and seek ways to learn positive lessons for the way ahead.