The facts are the game under a unfunded BARLA and played in a traditional season along side union and soccer was as big as it is now at open age, in fact since the development officers have been withdrawn the whole development except in the midlands seems to have fallen apart at the seams, I could be wrong but it does look like it was the development officers who where acting as the chief chef and bottle washer at some of the clubs.
That's around 20 years ago. The sporting landscape had changed massively since then. Rugby union has turned professional. The national lottery now provides huge amounts of funding. The Premier League has changed the face of football forever.
Using stats from that time is ignoring these and many other socio-economic as well as sporting influences.
We need to work with RLs current influences not those of a playing generation ago.
It made me think of these lines from Baz Luhrmann
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen…
Edited by Stew R, 26 August 2013 - 10:20 PM.
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