Mark Ella Australian & Super Rugby Why?

Kahu The Kiwi Invites Rugby Fans To Join Us And Then Apply To Promote Your Local ClubFrom the moment Super Rugby went from fifteen teams to eighteen in 2016, the fans have used every rugby site to vent their anger letting the administrators know that what they created was confusing, frustrating and uncoordinated.

In 2017 the host broadcasters and the governing body SANZAR finally came to their senses and decided the format was unruly, too costly and continually alienating key audiences particularly in Australia whose fan base was much more diverse than other competing nations.

Whilst many critics and rugby fans rightly wanted keep all five Australian franchises alive and pumping out the next generation of Wallabies, the simple truth is that Australia doesn’t have the depth of New Zealand and the game is struggling to make any headway against our winter competitors.

Australian rugby has let itself down by expanding too quickly judging on our poor results over the last decade having got no way near winning a RWC, Bledisloe Cup, British and Irish Lions series etc.

Whether you like it or not our elite players don’t have the skills to play spectacular rugby consistently to grow our fan base like other leading rugby nations and although the ARU say that participation numbers are increasing we are not competitive against our opposition on and off the field.

For the last ten years I have forever been bemoaning the fact that our leading rugby players cannot control the ball under any pressure and yet along with their coaches and support staff, they are paid enormous amounts of money to deliver nothing but more frustration every week.

It can’t be that hard to catch and pass the football under pressure, defend like you are passionate about protecting your line and what is happening now is a direct result of our own ignorance over many years in neglecting what it takes to be at the top of the game.

Right now the ARU is rightfully copping a bucket load of abuse which is hard to disagree because they have looked too far ahead without acknowledging the weaknesses in our game including a obvious lack of support for grassroots rugby which has played a big part in Australia surrendering one of our Super Rugby franchises.

It is quiet interesting to read this week that ARU CEO Bill Pulver would, to use his words, “step down in a heartbeat if he thought that it would help Australian rugby”.

Good on you Bill and I admire your fortitude and quite personally I would like to accept your kind offer but who am I and what influence do I have on the game from an administration level.

My understanding is that the stakeholders from all other states and territory unions who make up the many number of various rugby committees, as well as importantly appointing members to the ARU Board are also at fault.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne and Pulver are in a no win situation which the ARU Board have put themselves in but it is about time that the other state and territory unions stood up and admit that their lack of voice has also aided and abetted this current situation.

Waratahs Chairman Roger Davis has very quickly come out to promote the importance of NSW obtaining much of the so called surplus revenue in years to come by promoting grassroots rugby because traditionally NSW along with QLD provide a large majority of our currently representative players.

And although many of you will argue against this rhetoric Davis has a strong point although being a former state and Australian representative player himself why didn’t he stand up to Pulver and his highly protective Board before the code reached this point of no return.

As much as many rugby fans outside of NSW will think that the NSWRU and ARU are closely aligned, which couldn’t be further than the truth.

In fact over many many years most state unions have been in conflict with the national body, remaining loyal only because of their purse strings particularly since rugby went professional in 1996 and nothing much has changed in recent years with the ARU coming to the rescue keeping the Waratahs, Reds, Brumbies, Force and Rebels afloat at times during their existence.

If the leading state unions are going to help make changes to the future of our struggling game then it is time to step up and make a statement and show leadership rather that snipping from the ARU from the bleaches.

And we all know that it is going to get worse before it gets better with the Rebels and Force fighting the ARU and SANZAR all the way, supported by RUPA and a large majority of the Australian rugby public.

But it is the lack of leadership that has got us all to where we are today, publicly fighting and brawling in the public domain and soon in the court rooms and what for, because the game is already well and truly of over.

Thank You Mark For Your In Depth Observations Of Australian Rugby

Mark Ella Kahu Members Shares The State Of Australian And Super Rugby

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