Why Australian rugby was mad to let Ben Volavola leave

by Sam Ryan - After hearing Southern Districts flyhalf Ben Volavola announce he will cross the ditch and replace Dan Carter at the Crusaders in 2016, I’m left with one question for Australia’s five Super Rugby franchises. WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING? Sure, Volavola has struggled to find his place in the Waratahs backline – all of whom will likely wear Gold at some point this year – but that doesn’t excuse Australia’s four other franchises for looking past one of the countries best young talents. Here are a few reasons why Australian rugby shouldn’t have let Ben Volavola leave: Depth We often hear Australia does not have the depth for five Super Rugby sides and in certain positions, we don’t. But it certainly doesn’t help, when we let talent walk out the door. You can understand the Waratahs reluctance to re-sign Volavola, with Foley and Folau parked comfortably in the 10 and 15 jersey. The Brumbies are in a similar boat with Toomua and Lealiifano, yet surel
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