John Solomon (38)
You've made some good points WCR.So, the ARU are proposing that the Club competitions fall more into line with the Super Rugby season and the only way to do so would be to reduce competitiors to 10 teams.
The clubs are upset about being relegated to '4th Tier' status and Rugby in a competitive market where other codes are providing financial inducements to talent at similar levels isn't about money or TV presence.
It's about tine we start to look beyond just preserving our patch. The interest groups need to get over themselves and think about what best for the game in this country and not what allows them to maintain their own little fiefdoms in a crumbling landscape.
I guess what some others might say is that the Super Rugby Clubs around Australia have had a 'good feed' out of the patch that is Shute Shield rugby for a long time.
Before the baby is thrown out with the bathwater, how confident are the power brokers that these new proposed patch's will provide anyone with a feed, let alone a sustainable feed for Australian rugby.
For example, would Ben McCalman or Nick Cummins have been capable of stepping up from a local domestic comp in Perth club rugby to play for the Wallabies like they did this year from the Shute Shield?
It's OK making change but we've seen sooooo many of these proposals come and go and fall over in the past.
We're at that challenging junction where Business meets Sport, and it's a sport with a predominantly amateur base, loads of volunteers and a long and proud tradition.