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Or perhaps they could use the money they’ll save on Folau’s contract to do something like my other suggestion.

Forget Super W expansion for now

This is part of why I am interested in the outcome of the Nations Championship saga currently underway. The boost to income from that could be used to help provide more funding to such things as the Super W. The proposed take for the Div 1 nations is £10m/$18m AUD a year (and I suspect England’s hold out has more to do with upping that take than relegation at this point). RA could take $3m of that and sign a core group of 60 players (say 12 each squad) to full time contracts. Which will see the standard rise thanks to their ability to dedicate time and effort to purely Rugby.

Regarding expansion. A double round robin should be on the cards in the next couple of years but not any new teams in Australia for at least a little while longer. There are other options if they want to develop it further that won’t stretch our playing resources. Ultimately the goal should be a TT/Asia-Pacific format of some kind.

Forget Super W expansion for now

These were by far the longest and heaviest punishments ever handed down for ball tampering in modern Cricket. Up until then the worst that had been handed out were loss of match payments. What did Ambrose want? Life bans. They’ve done the time and now have the opportunity to if deemed worthy continue their international careers. If others have been given that right then so should they.

Curtly Ambrose says Smith, Warner and Bancroft should have been banned longer

Yep. It’s about game sense. Athleticism isn’t the biggest gap between the two. Nor is it the ability to run drills in a combine. It’s about being able to make plays in a game under pressure. Which is much harder to do. But is still doable. There are/have been a number of high level Rugby players make the transition despite not having played the game growing up. So it is possible.
It’s just a pity he’s off to the Jets. Well, perhaps not. They suck so bad that he might actually be retained on the practice squad (that’s likely where he’ll end up. That’s not a failure by the way. It’s where they’ll look to build him up game sense wise.) and possibly actually be given a look in later in the season (so week 9 or 10 when all is lost) to get some reps.

Where's the American Valentine Holmes?

True. But there is a difference. Those games are played in the middle of the night. The games I used above were all in the most ideal time zones for the majority of the Aus audiences. We also have games against teams that have very little brand recognition even among Rugby fans when the SA teams are touring.
If games in and against SA teams weren’t factored in the ratings would be even further apart.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

According to Rugby Australia’s annual report participation is actually up across all facets of the game. As for viewing audiences being less than Footballs. The ratings don’t reflect that. I’ve only managed to find three of the weekends A-League games but the highest those three in the Victory/Syd FC game still rated lower than Super Rugby’s lowest. A game that was played at 3 pm on a Saturday which has traditionally been the worse window for ratings for Super Rugby.
Furthermore, across the three A-League games I have found the average viewership is just over 21K while SR was just over 44K. Which is down since both the NRL and AFL kicked off where it was averaging over 75K while the A-League was still only averaging in the mid 20Ks. If that’s Super Rugby match to irrelevance then the A-League is dead on its feet.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

Not saying there won’t be something at a national level but the decline of the A-League could have lasting effects when it comes to it ever breaking out of a small niche in terms of elite sport. Soccer isn’t alone. Basketball has very healthy participation numbers but rates very poorly.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

Hey, if you’re happy with irrelevance that’s fine.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

This is the site where you can find the stream numbers https://reports.oztam.com.au/#/live You’ll notice that much like Super Rugby the A-League doesn’t feature in the top 5 for Foxtel streams which includes Kayo.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

It will but the ability for athletes to dedicate their time to pursue their passion will be severely inhibited. Athletics in Aus survives off Govt. funding.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

The viewing figures for streams are just as bleak.

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

The Newcastle/WSW game only drew 10k. What’s the cause of that figure?

Some smarter decisions can help get the A-League back on track

With SR being shortened to 15 weeks from 2021 there could be an opportunity to find out which team is in fact better. I’d like to see the NRC moved into a window either pre or post SR/GRR that involved at the very least the 5 Aus teams plus Fiji to play a series to determine the eventual Australian Championship.

The current Western Force team would beat the Reds

They’re actually moving that away from Vegas. Which seems silly.

Is the USA ready to host the Rugby World Cup?

WR don’t want anymore joint bids. Which I think is a mistake personally as it rules out potential contenders for some time. A Mediterranean bid would actually work responsibly well I suspect. Or even a joint Italy/Spain RWC. People would be quite surprised by the interest it would receive in Spain.

Anyway, as for the USA. They won’t be ready until the mid 2030s. Which does sound a long way off but in reality isn’t in terms of the game. I think a lot of that preparedness will come down to how far Major League Rugby progresses in that period. Would be something unreal in terms of a Rugby event.

Is the USA ready to host the Rugby World Cup?

I could put you in touch with a fairly long list of people who’d dispute your assertion that they could do it ‘technically and organizationally’.

Is the USA ready to host the Rugby World Cup?

Okay, let me put more clearly. There are positive tax implications for owners of these clubs who provide funds. Making money would be great but the ability to offset you taxable income has its benefits.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

It’s more a mechanism to hurry along the stalling tactics employed.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

I’m more than aware of the profit and loss of the NH clubs. But that still doesn’t stop individuals investing in these ventures. It’s not all about making money.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

Interestingly. On Will Greenwood’s podcast recently he had Steve Martin of Saatchi & Saatchi sports division on and providing his perspective. He identified where the money is coming from in the WR bid. The Infront group is owned by the Wanda Group. A Chinese PE firm who are in partnership with AliSports. The company Mr Ma helmed for many years. Could be interesting for the likes of GRR.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

Here’s one reason why I want to see GRR survive and thrive. As it currently stands most of the countries in which is has either entered or is targeting in Asia have very little chance of competing on the larger world stage in the foreseeable future. But they could support a franchise which has a mix of imported and domestic talent. Allowing for them to have a meaningful pathway to greater to competition and development.

Down the road. Say 20+ years a number could then with thanks to GRR be in a position to be more regular features internationally. Which will only be a good thing. And even if that only ever results in a far more competitive Asian system one that draws wider interests then that’s not a bad result either way.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

Well, we’re going to find out.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

Third last in probably the most even year the competition has seen in a number of years. If this were League there would be high praise for the parity on display but in Rugby it’s some kind of failure. For real!!!

Hey Waratahs, welcome to NSW (you probably won't be back, hey?)

The Tigers fell away a bit as the game went on. Mainly thanks to the lack of cohesion and conditioning but the did show that they can compete. Playing a full schedule next year with the potential of added talent will certainly help boost this overall.

People are questioning where will the money come from. Well, this is a project based in investment. It’s targeting the Asian market in particular. Which is a pretty big one. These games are being broadcast into the region. It may take several years of its backers (in which Forrest is not the only one) to see results but that’s what investment requires sometimes.

Apparently the AP Dragons have been training hard in preparation for their first game and importantly have been getting around to the local clubs and schools running clinics and introducing kids the game.

Regarding the law changes (which have been WR endorsed for people whining about them) the no kicking out on the full from the 22m seems to be working quite well. And the ‘power try’ seems fine. Would like to either see the shot clock for scrum returned and added to lineouts or a tweak to the law around knock ons where if the opposition recovers the ball from a knock its play on. No scrum required. Would also like to see the hit replaced by a fold. This would speed up scrums in both the formation and reduce the need for resets. Still powered and require strength and technique but would help the game flow more.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work

How do you think the game is run in the NH? TV revenues aren’t enough to pay for everything you listed above. There’s more than one way to fund a competition.

Friday showed that Rapid Rugby can work