David Wilson (68)
If the market demands the clubs, the market will get the clubs. The problem is that the clubs haven't managed to expand their revenue base (membership/sponsorship/grog sales/whatever). Either that's due to mismanagement across the clubs, or people just aren't interested in club rugby outside the hardcore supporters.
The clubs need to be able to run themselves. If that means they're run as fundamentally amateur operations, then so be it.
So your model is profit and loss statements determine whether a rugby organisation should exist?
In that case - ARU goooone, NSWRU gooone.
If only the ARU was mismanaged as well as the clubs.
You see in addition for providing a place for people to play, these clubs also provide a reason for rugby to appear in the press. For 2 weeks a year rugby pushes league off the back page of the Manly Daily in the lead up to the Manly V Warringah game. In 20 other weeks there would be a rugby story 4 days out of 5 to do with one or both of the clubs - what value do you put on this? Should Manly and Warringah invoice the ARU for the free coverage?
Your idea that rugby is the ARU and that anyone below that needs to turn a profit to justify their existance is just plain wrong.