Vay Wilson (31)
unlike the board
I can tell a very similar story about Newcastle wanting to enter a team in the NCR before it got off the ground. The folks at Newcastle pulled out as the demand for money, who played, where they played, the coach etc was all done in Sydney HQ
See I don't look at it that way. If (and that is a fairly big if at this point in time since the comp won't even start until 2019 and few big name players will commit to it until it looks the goods) any players who would be eligible for the Wallabies chose to play for the Force, presumably there would be no top-up money (Why would RA pay money toward a competition they clearly have little interest in?). So if players move from the Rebels, Tahs, Reds or Brumbies, the top-up money saved could go to drawing another player back from overseas. Or perhaps the money the Force have at their disposal would be enough to bring back a player from overseas (at no cost to RA) and into the Wallaby fold. Is the minor risk of a few Wallaby eligible players leaving the other four sides really worth risking zero rugby presence in Western Australia? I think RA are just acting like dickheads (no surprise really) because those people from WA stood up to them against their actions this year and made them look like fools. They are acting out of their own wounded pride rather than the interests of the sport in the country.Lots of stuff going on here.
Restricting Wallabies eligibility to Force players, while not what I'd do, is a far from unreasonable, and fundamentally consistent (Japanese & Kiwi based players aren't eligible either) requirement on the comp.
I think also one of the conditions put up by RA is they want The IPRC to put out extra funds for other academies that are based in the eastern states as well. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the Force punted to cover some of these costs.
And let's not forget the Force weren't the best run sporting team going around either.
Or that Twiggy conspicuously failed to put anything into the pot back when it would have made a difference to their chances of survival.
This is the issue that just seems to be totally ignored by everybody. Where was Twiggy when he was really needed?
It’s a financial exchange between the organisation and the sponsor, for some players it may also serve as a gateway for additional third party sponsorship though