Greg Davis (50)
It'd be nice if this all flowed on to some genuine buzz around Super Rugby and the tests next year but I think our ship has sailed.
Nah. The "swinging voters" of the Australian sporting interest, and thus advertisers, flock to success. The tiddlywinks team could win a world championship and there'd be a long tail of support for the sport to be capitalized on.
Simply having made the final will increase our numbers in 2016. Winning will increase them more so.
In fact, if you look at the relationship of major events such as the world cup to domestic crowds the following year (which I did a few years ago for a blog post) you can see that crowds spike in the year after the event, in a predictable cycle. Even if we fail completely.
The reports of the death of Australian rugby are, as always, exaggerated. The prophets of doom invariably find the lean years before major events to be the most prophetable to base their doomy predictions on.