It's true Harry. But perhaps we expect more from our Western democracies and therefore judged them more harshly?
Standing up against Apartheid or what happened in Oz doesn't mean we condone lapidations in other parts of the world.
Great story and contribution lano and vic. I read the roar for this kind of 'testimonies' and contributions.
Your post, Akari, shows that you don't understand what we/I mean. That all nations do not prioritise international rugby or sport the same way, club vs country etc.
Probably some of us English, French, Welsh etc would love our federations to have a super XV comp (3 'franchises from the historic 5 euros) over 4 months, no foreigners allowed, the national team training, resting and playing for 4-5 months every year like in the SH. No doubt its the format that works at international level.
Thing is we have a different culture up there, club rugby is bigger in rugby and in all sports, domestic seasons longer and we don't have the tests culture you guys have in rugby, cricket, netball etc. Many of us actually do not want to copy the sanzar model, simply because its not us and we don't want to kill our clubs, national championship and put all our eggs for our national team even if it means a better shot at a rwc every 4 years.
I don't expect the 'informed NZ and SA" ppl to agree with our model, not at all, but perhaps I would like them to open their eyes, ears and understand everyone do not see the world and rugby the same way they do. And yes you guys can continue the chest beating stuff as its 'harmless' as you put it, but you cant expect all of us to watch in awe and politely absorb your rugby lecture.