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The Olympic games is a peculiar phenomenon. For two weeks every four years a huge array of sporting disciplines flit across and hold the public imagination, only to disappear entirely from view again.
Anyone who saw the Waratahs versus Chiefs match recently would have been surprised by the sheer force of what was described as the Palu/Skelton/Tatafu Polota-Nau axis. It is a series of three cannonballs rolling into the vaunted opposition in attack and defence, and providing an excellent platform in the scrum.
Sonny Bill Williams is in a curious position. Despite numerous caps for the All Blacks and years in the NRL, he is still not considered a great player in either code.
One of the curiosities of sports organisations is the inability to see how a successful model works, and then reproduce its best features.
There is an event that transpired over the past weeks that should have filled the powers of SANZAAR not so much with mild tremors of disquiet, but abject horror.
In order to survive against the invasive attentions of European and Japanese rugby, not to mention the NRL, AFL and football, rugby needs to expand its global presence and move into new territories.