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  1. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    I think it is an engagement/perception issue and with the other codes AFL/NRL there competitions engage more of the public, they have a greater spread across the country. Those competitions create the interest for people to become involved. Rugby Union has a top down mentality whereby it thinks...
  2. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    We have always needed a new competition, it is the constant refusal to accept the basic reality that without a sustainable domestic competition to grow the game, then we are at the mercy of a top down Wallabies are no1 in the world growth strategy. Not sure how that is supposed to work with a...
  3. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    Rugby does need to compete with the NRL/AFL that is our main competition for eyeballs & fans, the whole problem with the code is the attitude that the game does not need to compete, that is why we have had crap marketing. When the whole attitude is we just need to wash our face, good luck...
  4. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Okay maybe your right and I am overstating the difference from Sydney to Melbourne, but right now your two heartland rugby states in NSW & QLD are under siege from rival football codes and struggling to stay relevant. To take the biggest event rugby has and give it to Melbourne instead of one of...
  5. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    You would hope so, NSW is supposedly the biggest rugby state in the country. But go for it grab the cash and give it to Melbourne to play at the MCG possibly the worst stadium to watch a game of rugby in. Give it to a state that 2 years before said stuff you we can't even be bothered having a...
  6. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Weird take. Of course they can fill the stadium with rugby fans, yet walk two streets away from the MCG and no one would give a f---k. So the pinnacle of Rugby Union in the world every fours years is given to a city with little or no rugby following for a couple of extra $Million, by the way...
  7. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    And the boost to Rugby.
  8. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    I find it hard to believe the RA would consider Melbourne as a host of the RWC final, just shows exactly how the short term money grab wholly encompasses the code. The highlight of rugby worldwide every four years given to a city that 90% of the population wouldn't give a f----k about and two...
  9. hoggy

    Broadcast options for Australian Rugby

    Then you have to look at the structure, because lower standard Australian teams in Super means little will change in how the competition is received. If we go domestic which has been my preference for a long time, what set up do we use. Maybe start with 6 teams and go from there, but any...
  10. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    So basically a group of Old Boys whining about another group of Old Boys, meanwhile.
  11. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/15/scotty-stevenson-join-the-club-warriors-get-it-union-does-not/
  12. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    I recall a time when the same thing was said about Foxtel and Rugby. Stan and rugby maybe somewhat co-dependent but the issue the game has is where does any growth in value come from, Stan pretty much has any rugby supporter signed up, and the game isn't exactly in what you would describe a...
  13. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    They are only the Golden Goose when enough people choose to support them. Australian rugby has had a Wallaby first strategy for 25 years now and it hasn't exactly worked out has it. The more your domestic market declines the quicker that golden goose turns into a sick duck.
  14. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    It depends on what structure you are involved in, you could spend $20 Million on each Super rugby team and it will not make much difference as people are not interested in the competition, we've had some of worlds the best players, coaches & teams involved in this competition for 20 years. What...
  15. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Super Rugby has involved something like 6 countries over 5 or 6 continents, had 100' of $millions spent on it, arguably some of the best rugby players in the world playing and some of the best quality rugby teams to grace the fields yet in Australia it has barely raised interest in the game much...
  16. hoggy

    Super Rugby 2024 General Chat

    It does mirror Australia somewhat, in nz where an independent review showed the board not fit to run a professional sport and needed to be replaced, yet the board has chosen not to implicate that recommendation, RA anyone. My whole point about Super Rugby compared to the NRL/AFL is those...
  17. hoggy

    Super Rugby 2024 General Chat

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/09/analysis-whats-going-on-with-rugby-in-new-zealand/
  18. hoggy

    Super Rugby 2024 General Chat

    Not to mention the season here has to start early February that year, nothing like a February game of Rugby Suncorp in 100% humidity and the small issue of the other 6 Super Rugby teams who's business model that year will run for 4 months, with mad Monday in June.
  19. hoggy

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Agreed, but the whole psyche of RA and rugby is Global thinking & that pervades it. Super Rugby was all about taking over the world, we were suppose to have Asian & American conferences by now (someone else was always gonna pay for our rugby). The RA walk around with stars in there eyes and...
  20. hoggy

    Australian Rugby / RA

    My disappointment with this interview was more the lack of real change advocated, I agree with him regards the expenditure and spending money the code doesn't have, but that is a result of 20 years of stagnant growth domestically, but still living the same old lifestyle. Its okay to have a...
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