Simon Poidevin (60)
SRU is just a sub-union of NSWRU that runs club rugby. It isn't a competing organisation. If a team became part of WSR it would presumably be separate to any affiliation with SRU.
I think NSWRU and RA would entirely welcome funding for a team in western Sydney to join WSR or for Penrith to be re-capitalised so it can rejoin the Shute Shield.
The problem NSWRU has had growing rugby in the west is a lack of volunteer infrastructure that is needed to make clubs a success. It is no secret that grassroots rugby works on the back of countless hours of time given by volunteers. Areas where rugby is strongest have the most volunteers which also makes it very hard to grow new areas because you don't have that volunteer base. If you had the money it would be pretty easy to achieve by just employing all the people you need but sadly that has never been the reality.
That's probably something that RA could look at from the perspective of PE such as WSR coming into the game. If they were proactive about it they could use it to essentially help address shortfall's in their development and funding models. WS is a glaring example. If WSR places a team in the region and aligns with the existing clubs both a SS level and below that would go a long way to helping sort that out. Same could be done in other areas.