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This is the edited text of a message I submitted on the ARU website via their contact us section regarding the lack of marketing for the National Rugby Championship.
On Saturday the 18th of February, I went along with my five year old daughter and four year old son to the Queensland Reds’ Fan Day at Ballymore in Brisbane.
It is often seen that rugby lacks the development programs and talent identification of other codes, but a recent article on the Rugby Heaven website seems to indicate that it is better developed than many think, just not perhaps publicised as much.
A new rugby season is upon us, with an exciting Super Rugby season about to start. So what is being done at a local level to grow interest and participation in the game?
I have just read about Rassie Erasmus’ involvement in a proposed new Super Rugby comp in 2012, which will be modeled on the very successful Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.
I’ve long had concerns that the rugby union state/national unions are not putting enough emphasis on development and growth of the game beyond their traditional catchments.