Paul McLean (56)
Any news on 2021 yet? Change in coaches or other movements.
Some really good points.
I think the AIC comp itself across all sports is in danger of becoming a legitimate second tier compared to GPS. The GPS schools will continue to invest more funds into building the best 1sts teams across all their sports. If the model changes towards more of a USA type high school system, the schools with the deeper pockets will be able to offer more, therefore really becoming a US College type system where you've got top tier schools and recruitment and secondary tiers.
Players at the secondary tiers are less likely to be noticed by the professional setups. This is already happening to some extent depending on who you ask, but it could worsen, from an AIC point of view.
It’s an accurate and kind of depressing analysis. I went to an AIC school with a strong history of rugby and Queensland/Wallabies representatives. But it was already drying up when I was there (about 17 years ago), and has continued this downward spiral since. And I don’t think this is unique to my school - it’s endemic across AIC.
there is plenty of talent across the AIC part of the issue is that GPS schools recruit from this pool particularly at around grade 9. The pool is not as deep but some good scouting will easily find good talent. The GPS boys always get the inside track on the selection table and therefore the loss rate of boys not continuing with Rugby is a very high.
as an interesting aside participation rates in AIC schools is higher than GPS schools. Most year they struggle to put together a 2nds