We don’t need to make club rugby great again, it already is

By Sam Ryan We’ve heard a lot this year about the resurgence of grassroots rugby in Australia and while it’s great to see it acknowledged, I’m not particularly sure it’s very true. Yes, funding has been cut over the years and financially clubs have struggled but our core product has never changed. At the end of the day, it comes down to people playing rugby for the right reasons. Whether it’s in first grade or fourth grade, at North Sydney or in Narromine, our game will always remain strong as long as we have men, women, boys and girls excited about playing footy on a Saturday and selfless volunteers dedicated to supporting them. In Sydney, we are smack bang in the middle of the most competitive sporting market in the world and that is always going to create challenges. Our rivals will continue to pour money into development programs and dwarf our efforts in schools. But what they can’t do is replicate the culture of a rugby club. There’s nothing quit
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