NO! God damn!
Obviously winning is a good thing, but it's a single piece of a very large puzzle. Otherwise explain why NFL, EPL, AFL and various other world class sport leagues get zillions into the stadiums regardless of whether the team is first or last. Any beginner level business course...
Silly ARU. They did it all wrong! They don't know much about running the show... not as much as you!
What they should have done was come straight to you once the NRC was decided. You have all the best ideas for how the competition should be structured, when it should be played throughout the...
I would actually flip the above on its head to make it somewhat more marketable.
100m sprint race - Props only.
Strong-man relay - Smallest 5 players (by weight). Use obscure methods like single leg squats, muscle ups or even stick in a plank off.
Drop goal horse
Longest line out
Hah! That's when happens when there is no real leadership in the game.
Everyone working for their own self interests. Everyone turns on each other.
Competition keeps striding ahead.
"You can't blame the administration"... what a dumb thing to say.
I'm 100% behind a national competition, but don't mix the tiers. Either states or city/regions. Having NSW Waratahs and then several other teams based in NSW doesn't make any sense. I just want to see one or the other. I am aware of Melbourne Rebels....
With or without a formal bridge from Shute Shield --> NRC, there's nothing stopping a few NRC personnel scouting the standout SS players and approaching them individually. Surely that's what's happening now in some capacity.
I really wonder if there's anyone that supports the RA at this point. Either you're a non-rugby supporter who hasn't heard of them or a rugby supporter that doesn't like them.
I'm getting closer to the stage of supporting a complete rebel competition as many others here are doing. I think the...
Bridging from the Tonga RLWC post... I would support Tongan and Samoan NRC teams provided they only play one match in Tonga and Samoa. For them to be financially viable they need to base themselves out of larger population centres of developed countries e.g. West Sydney, South Auckland, *where...
I like it.
I predict that a system like this would dramatically improve the P.I. Union teams more so than the P.I. League purely due to the number of professional New Zealand players.
Now that I think about it... is this whole system going to have any real affect on any part of the world other...
Absolute lol at the suggestions of lowering NSW to 2 teams. If the city that holds near a quarter of the country's population and is a rugby stronghold can't sustain 2 teams then why are we bothering at all?
The problem with Sydney Rugby (since the beginning of time) is that they refuse to...
The problem is Tonga can't really compete with NZ and the like in Union the way they can in League. That is especially considering some major stars left NZ this year to play for Tonga and Samoa.
That's what happens when you have incredibly loose international eligibility laws I guess.