League doesnt Claim to be a Major code in the UK- its a minority Sport and seen as such by fans and media a like. Rah Rah is a minority Sport in Australia- not that a number of Rah Rah fans or its media friends will admit it. As for crowds growing in Australia for Rah Rah seems you are mistaken.
QLD Reds 2013 31,848 2014 28190
Brumbies 2013 14,749 2014 13,100
Rebels 2013 11,931 2014 11,396
Force 2013 12,631 2014 12,786
Only the Waratahs saw any real increase in crowds, which is not surprising with the success they had.
So the Reds and Waratahs have an average crowd attendance higher than 90% of the NRL clubs. The Brumbies have an attendance slightly lower than the NRL average and the Force and Rebels have low crowds but that's to be expected. The Reds currently have 57K paid up members as opposed to 27k for Souths and 23k for Broncos. The Reds have had a higher average attendance than the Broncos for about 3 years now. This year the Broncos are marginally in front by about 1,500 or so.
But I guess RU is dying...
If we're going on crowd figures, the crowd for Monday night's NRL game was 6,000. 6,000 in a 45,000 seat stadium. OH NOES!
Player numbers are increasing. My local club has 27 junior teams from U7 to U13. 27 from just one club.
Edited by Alfies Thumb, 15 August 2014 - 12:03 AM.