I still think its too early to say whether summer rugby has been a success or failure. Yes the game is struggling at certain ages and playing in the summer months doesn't suit some clubs, but it does suit others!!
We are now seeing the start of a generation of players who HAVE ONLY EXPERIENCED playing the game in summer.
The older winter players will gradually fade out of the game as they retire from the sport and I think only then we can step back and examine if the transition to summer has worked.
I've said before that BARLA has a role to play in the amateur game and its becoming ever more evident that they need to take the lead role in rebuilding the game. There are some very knowlegible people running the regional leagues and the BARLA board need to tap into that knowledge.
so the new generation of players will not get married are go on holidays are work longer hour because that when the building trade is at its peak not to mention all the other distractions. interesting !!!
the 16 to 18 year olds who have voted with there feet, FACT, do you expect them to come back when they have finished there education,
I agree summer does suit some, just not the majority but how the RFLNCL went about it they give clubs little chose but to follow