Darby Loudon (17)
Nz schools are struggling with participation numbers I believe and also big issues with some schools recruitment stacking teams. If coaches and selectors are doing their job well the cream gets the chance to rise to the top regardless of which school wins comp.Seems a real issue across lots of schools that rugby numbers are well down. Soccer and Basketball numbers very strong. Really think the years of ARU, Wallabies and Reds disasters has taken its toll, as kids dont dream of being a wallaby these days! Throw in last years serious injuries and it all adds up to less kids wanting to play rugby. I really think the ARU or whatever they are called need to try and adopt the NZ schools model and try and enhance what is being done at school boy level. Need to get GPS rugby back in term 2, then go into a state based or regional comp for say under 15 and above with all teams playing for state and national honors (opens only) . Got to keep league out which is now being played at AIC schools in term 3. Might be too late for test now though, once it gets a foot in, will be hard to compete with!