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A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

*** in reference to that bit... perhaps there is call for rather than a rugby business intrusion into the areas, more of a rugby missionary intrusion, we can wonder their lands with rugby law books and balls, build pitches all around the areas and basically teach them the errors of their soccer ways....

4 Months, 1 Week ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

Yeh sorry RD, I do understand what you mean, especially when you look at the grass roots levels in many parts of Africa - where there is a relatively non existent local introduction, I can imagine the same could be said for much of Asia, so no harm in introducing it to these guys *** and same to you 1010.. I suppose the problem is more that development is not a flat increase, it's a pointed increase, so whilst in one developing country, you may get a bunch of blokes say "shit I love this stuff, it's brilliant, I'm a massive fan of the game and the play and this new found camaraderie"... in another "developed country" you'll get some fair weather supporter telling you how much of a shit team your country has because their country is incredible and it's going to demolish you etc, only to vanish off the face of the earth when his team either loses, or the competition is over... those are the sorts that make me cringe.

1010, you mention the money side of things... it's a tough one, you see it in a lot of professional sports where peoples stories start off with "yeh, I was born in the hood and I got myself out and that's why I got my ridiculous cars, my ridiculous bling, my attitude that says I'm above anyone else".. footballers are a prime example - (and it's not just them, rugby players do it too), drink driving, mad speeding, petulant on pitch attitudes, temper tantrums etc - I understand that there is shit attitudes in all life, but it seems to be the more money the less sense with some of these guys. When you consider on the flip side of things, you have guys like the 2000'ish era players, starting up restaurants and going into punditry etc, things like that, you get a sense that these blokes are still somewhat grounded....

Is money the correct reason to go into rugby? Maybe I'm not really knowledgeable enough on the subject to properly comment with anything other than 'feelings' and 'opinions'.....

...but then it's never stopped me before...

4 Months, 1 Week ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

Yeh but I'd assume that if you are a 'decent rugby type' and you don't know rugby by now....well, then you deserve to be trapped in a cave...

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu back to form with brilliant individual try against Toulouse

I'd like to say that was some pretty poor defensive work there, but then when faced with someone like Nonu, you probably look worse than you actually are...

4 Months, 1 Week ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

....made my mind up just writing all that...I'm against the move..

4 Months, 1 Week ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

I found this very difficult to watch, I really don't know where I stand on the whole topic. I'm less than 30 but I think in my eyes that the changes I've seen perhaps in the last 5 years have been far greater than any changes before that (not sure my time measurement is accurate...but it's changed a lot recently!)... Personally I don't find I'm holding it all quite as close as before...so I'm a bit negative with it...

Of course, with bad comes good, player development means a higher skill and indeed better medical care for players...less of the magic sponge witch craft and a bit more real care...but.. on the flip side...with good comes bad... we've seen feigning injuries, we've seen blood gate scandals, we've seen whatever that was with the French prop (perhaps it was genuine).. then hearing some of the folks in this video talk about making the game attractive for the fans sort of makes me gag a little.. It's probably snobbery, but there is something I admire about the class of fans that support rugby (and play rugby), there is always going to be a few wrong 'uns, but the reality is, we as RD followers have numerous disagreements that rarely (never) devolve into "fk u m8, u is a wankor becos u r a ____ fan!" (not unless I'm involved..), but you enter into any other public forum - youtube being the favourite and it's incredible to see the twattery of some of the characters on there... these are the 'masses' that 'rugby' (apparently), wants to attract, because they pay for tickets, fill seats and make stadiums look packed = better tv contracts, higher player pay, higher coach pay, higher sponsors, higher merchandise sales and so the cycle continues until you end up with soccer.....

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Super Rugby teams face emotional cut with another restructure

Shame they don't have a tiered structure perhaps.... For instance in the UK I know any team has the chance to get into the championship, I know getting into the premiership is a lot harder (it's not just on promotion I hear)... but that sort of thing...

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Super Rugby teams face emotional cut with another restructure

.....well, welcome to pro rugby, millions of dollars, businessmen at the helm... Quite sad to see..

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro leaves a trail of destruction on his way to a try

Quite amusing at the celebration point where that 'little' number 4, comes jumping in, bloke looks like a sleight fly half compared to that beast...

Also, guy looked to be gently rolling, I wonder what he's like when he hits top speed...

..and of course, as others have said, the attempted tackle was dreadful!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Australian rugby in 'big trouble' after a number of poor performances

I've seen other aspects of teams heading into the pro rugby section, they start off with the local guys, guys that are training hard but also running farms, working in offices etc, the team progresses, to amateur pro and all of a sudden there aren't any locals playing any more, they're playing bought in players, unpronounceable names and it all gets a bit ahead of itself... Local rivalry and just general banter is the backbone of the game in sorts... How can you really remove that, we have a world cup for internationalesque games...

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago