Dave Cowper (27)
I don't disagree in anyway about NZ in some way helping, but I am asking again what do you want them to do? It is a genuine question, not in anyway trying to put down Aus rugby. And really my argument really was the idea that it seems to be NZRU's fault that Aus rugby is where it is. As for not understanding the sports competition here, I don't ,what I keep saying is never use it for an excuse, as soon as we use excuses it means we (and I say we because I have been involved in Aus rugby for most of 20 years I been here)have a reason to stop trying to make it better. And it is a reason I have heard from the day I got here, that it is so hard because of the competition poor us can't do much!! You yourself have brought that very point, because when I came here in the 90s soccer was so poorly supported, so what did the soccer people do? I not sure but though certainly a lot more popular now! I hope you understand my point, and my only point is we have to stop making excuses and stop waiting for NZRU to fix the problems or for Soccer, League or AFL to fall over!
I agree that the unusually competitive sporting landscape in Oz should not be used as an excuse to give up, or to whinge. But it is important to be realistic and accept what rugby is up against here. Soccer has always had the advantage of participation numbers and by being a non-contact alternative. Still, I think the goal should simply be to do all that we can to be as good as we can be, given our situation. And this is where the debate should lie. Are we doing all that we can to be as good as we can be?