The test to whether someone is blinkered about RU is if they can agree to this statement:
"In the global scale of sports rugby union ranks well behind basketball, volleyball and handball. It's probably on about a level with baseball and hockey."
If they can then they are a functioning human being. If they can't then we have a problem.
I agree about handball and basketball, I have no idea how big volleyball is though.
What RU has in its favor is the vast amounts of money they make with their international game and increasingly with their domestic championships compared to those sports.
Handball is pretty big in France, yet their local league's TV deal is only worth 1.2m euro / year: http://www.asoif.com...le.aspx?ID=4191