David Codey (61)
The playing career of a professional rugby player is far too short.
The S15 contracted players should be rostered through the schools and school tournaments. They are on the payroll.
Their salaries are paid for indirectly by us, the punters who subscribe to foxtel, go to games, and buy merchandise.
Mungoballers (and Swans) attend schools in our local patch. This is typically organised by a grizzled old mungo has-been with dicky knees who the kids or parents would not know from a bar of soap. This is not an issue. Those on the mungoball payroll do what they are told. It is part of the job description.
Rugby need to follow this simple recipe, and integrate it with Village club initiatives. Many Schools would welcome an approach from ARU, as the mungoball image at certain times of the year is not one that the Education Department endorses. ARU seldom take advantage of this opportunity.
Absolutely agree. We effectively have 180 development officers being under utilised. Get these guys trained up and out in the community and schools. I know they earn their crust on the field when the seasons in its about time they earn their keep in the off season.