Bob Dwyer lays the boot into the ARU over Sydney club rugby

How many SRU players have gone on to play for the Wallabies in the last 10 years? The SRU is the peak of the pyramid for amateur rugby.

18 Feb 2016
Bob Dwyer lays the boot into the ARU over Sydney club rugby

1. Train Without A Station and Brett McKay do not seem to understand that the Sydney grade sides are the bottom of the pyramid for the Wallabies. They are NOT the top of the pyramid for amateur rugby. 2. At the top of the pyramid are 40 or so current Wallabies. Below this top, are the 250 or so Super Rugby players And below this level, as the 4,000 or so club players in the Sydney/Brisbane grade club competitions 3. If the argument is that Super Rugby and the Wallabies don't need resilient and strong grade club competitions in Sydney and Brisbane, please details the number of Super Rugby players and Wallabies the grade club competitions in Melbourne and Perth have delivered? 4. And please detail how many Wallabies and Super Rugby players a concentration on western suburbs league-playing schools and women's rugby will deliver to Australian rugby? 5. Bob Dwyer is right. The Sydney grade club competition for over 100 years has been the foundation block of Australian rugby, and will remain so for decades to come unless the ARU contrives to destroy the clubs and, with them, the strength of the game here. That is the indisputable truth about Australian rugby which anyone who knows anything about the game in this country understands. 6. I have a modest proposal for the ARU. Reduce head office/board expenditures by $1 million and give this to the Sydney and Brisbane clubs to continue their quest to produce great rugby players and enthusiastic and dedicated supporters of the rugby game.

18 Feb 2016
2016: A year of living dangerously for Super Rugby

The draws in the past have also been problematical. Perhaps it is time now for SANZAAR (now with an extra A apparently) to put people in charge of the draw who know something about the rugby and cultural histories of the relevant participating nations. This presumes, of course, that SANZAAR itself has this sort of elementary knowledge. Readers of The Roar will know that I have been deeply unimpressed with the managerial expertise of the now SANZAAR. Andy Marinos' first moves, including the introduction 3-try plus bonus point system, do nothing to suggest that improvements are on the way. Incidentally, when it comes to the views of an administrator and a successful coach on how a particular initiative will work out in practice, I'll go with the coach.

15 Feb 2016
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