Brett Papworth: Rugby’s heart beats strong

By Brett Papworth So rugby in Australia is struggling. Well actually, that isn’t completely true. For those who love local, tribal competition, club Rugby goes from strength to strength. Crowds are up; passion for the game is as strong as it was when a Sydney club game often saw 10 Wallabies on the park; and importantly, it is bloody hard to pick a winner. Plus, it is the only free to air TV Rugby you can watch, in our game’s biggest market, NSW. The Rugby community is voting with their feet, and while crowds are not flash at the professional end of the game, it is blatantly obvious to me that a strong pulse still exists at a local, tribal level. Junior participation is strong, and interest in schools Rugby is as passionate as ever (even though AFL and others are making big inroads). So, while the game really battles for relevance in many places, the heart beats strongly. The question is; will those who direct the future of our game take any notice? I won’t rehas
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