as a coach of a division 1 team in the BJRU and coaching at a GPS school i could comfortably say the BJRU comp is far superior in quality than both the GPS and AIC competition until we reach the u16s. At my club we have kids playing in the A's across both GPS & AIC teams that cant make the division 1 team at our club. The sooner we make the club comp the premier rugby comp nationwide the betterGPS schools won't change their rugby season to term 2 as it would clash with their other sports. Rugby is just one of many sports they have to consider amongst their extra curricular activities. Additionally they don't see it as their job to promote rugby. They are there to win titles for their school, to build their profile and attract more enrolments.
The junior pathway via club is getting better. Clubs from U13 to U16 are improving in quality each year. The junior colts series has been a great concept and there are a number of open age school boys playing senior colts from both public and private schools. Club also provides more games over a longer season than school, which runs for a single term. Club also provides the only pathway for girls.