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Good one Dave, God forbid an Aboriginal has an opinion on Rugby.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Mate I wouldn’t worry about it, it is Rugby’s loss. My son played City Country in 2020 and the amount of gun Indigenous kids coming through is unreal. And we are seeing it at NRL level, Cody Walker Jadyn Campbell etc. If Rugby do not want to sign them cause they go to the wrong schools or live in the wrong area that is their problem.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Not anymore Terry, so many young Samoan boys play only League now. Go to Panthers Junior Reps and check out who is training and playing for them, it’s unbelievable.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Thanks Jimmy, I don’t think Union realise how much elitist their sport is in Australia.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Unfair criticism of RA? They stood aside and let the Emus get kicked from the comp because we aren’t from the right schools and live on the wrong side of town. And you are wrong in my experience, my son and all his friends at high school age chose League over Union before any of them earnt a cent. It’s easier, games are closer, facilities are better and no one looks down on them because their Dad wears hi Vis every day. Yes the Emus have made mistakes but the deck is stacked against them. You really have no idea how elitist RU is in Australia.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Thanks Ken, I always liked the Panthers but I didn’t know how impressive they were till my son started there. Rugby could do far worse than trying to partner with them.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Considering Cleary just got a Giant Panthers tattoo I don’t think he’s going anywhere for a while.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

There is some division between those out here with less money and the richer clubs near the City though Ken, otherwise they would not have cut the Emus.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

As someone who was born in Samoa i disagree slightly with your point, yes RU is way bigger Internationally and it has huge comps in Europe and Japan as well as a fantastic World Cup. But for those from Polynesian backgrounds to play the highest level Union you have to turn your back on your heritage and play for the Wallabies or the All-Blacks. yet the NRL lets these players earn good money in Australia and hav the oppoertunity to represent Samoa against the Worlds best,

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Thank You KP, it is more just thinking out loud as I have seen just how appealing the Panthers are from my son playing in their system, compared to when I was at the Emus many years ago.

Could the Panthers be key in rugby union's future in Penrith?

Mate get her in League Tag, my daughter plays it here at Penrith and absolutely loves it. Multiple grades so if she is just beginning they will really look after her.

Melbourne Rebels become first Super W club to pay players

Why pick players when you can colour In the numbers Mick?

'Incredibly special': Wallabies jersey gets new twist with permanent First Nations design

You won’t win Mick, now your boy has signed to the Bulldogs they see you as the enemy.

Wallabies need an urgent injection of composure ahead of Springboks and Pumas

My boy does not go to Westfields, It is just that bit too far with both me and his mum working full time, he does not go to Pats Blacktown either he just goes to the local high school. But the Panthers still came out and looked at him. He probably won’t make the NRL but he should do well in NSW Cup or Massey and he is lost to Rugby forever. All because I cannot afford to send him to the right school, and this is happening with talented kids out here all the time.

Rugby in New South Wales must adapt or die

My son was born in Samoa but we came to Australia when he was 4, he’s a big kid with lots of skill and a his life has been Rugby to the core playing in the Penrith competition. Because everyone at school always talked about League he wanted to play that game too so he played both sports for years. He’s now in the Panthers academy because NSWRU had no interest in him and our whole family watches the NRL now and hardly any Union, only if someone we know is playing Super Rugby. Do you know why NSWRU didn’t want to look at him? Because he goes to a public school. And this happens every year with dozens and dozens of Samoan kids, Rugby is dead in Western Sydney. The only hope they have is if the Emus somehow join with the Panthers and get some funds and the kind of facilities the kids want to play out of.

Rugby in New South Wales must adapt or die

Great article Mary, the Samoan community (at least around Penrith) is really split on this issue so I admire the NRL for spreading the message in a positive frame and using prominent PI figures.
Why hasn’t Rugby followed suit?

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

I must admit I stopped going a few years ago, it was just too hard watching the boys get thrashed each week and my kids lost interest.
My son is now in the Panthers academy so we generally go to most of their games now, at 60 bucks for a family ticket it is a lot more expensive but it is also a lot better product.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

That would be ironic, It is not that you have taken it off us it is just Most Samoan’s out here realise that League is more for them. Rugby is more for rich people in Australia unfortunately.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

I wouldn’t worry Jake, you’re a scaffolder Who lives in Blacktown, hardly Sydney’s Rugby’s key audience. The only reason you played Rugby here is cause you were born in Apia but most of the Samoans out here are now watching RL. They don’t care about poor people and this just goes to show it.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

I think a lot of people would like to read an impartial analysis on a big league game like Origin from you Geoff.

State of Origin Game 1 preview, prediction: Queensland Maroons vs New South Wales Blues

Melbourne isn’t Mars Terry. I’m pretty sure he knows who the Panthers are.

The Wrap: So where was TJ when the Hurricanes needed him?

Rugby will keep going backwards out here until they can figure out a strategy around the Panthers, the club is so big, rich and well run it is sucking all of the oxygen out of the local clubs, the Emus and the Tahs in Penrith and all the way over the Mountains.

The Wrap: So where was TJ when the Hurricanes needed him?

I just read this Article and this guy shows absolutely zero awareness of the challenges facing Rugby out this way. Penrith Panthers had almost 100 kids try out for SG BALL this year and I’d say nearly 70percent of them were Polynesian heritage, kids who historically would have played union. So to say that league’s dominance out here doesn’t make it difficult for the Emus and the 2 blues shows that the clown doesn’t have a clue.

Is rugby really a classist and elitist sport?

The only way I see the Emus surviving is if they join up with the Panthers and become Penrith Panthers Rugby Union, they could train at the centre of excellence get some money from the league’s club and try and get some of the hundreds of kids the Panthers just can’t fit in their system.
I was at SG ball trials earlier this year and there was 80 gun kids there it’s unbelievable.
Hey the Emus struggle to find two teams to run around in that industrial estate at Nepean Rugby park

Has rugby lost its way again?

The Shute Shield is a big deal for one very small very rich part of Sydney, and that part has proven they don’t care about Super Rugby.

Can New South Wales solve its crowds crisis?

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