Recently they had the rights to and televised the NZ v England Rugby Four Nations semi final. On the same day at Twickers, England were playing NZ at union in a friendly for which Sky had the broadcasting rights and televised. Guess which game the BRUBC promoted at the expense of the other?
How was it at the expense of the other? They could have easily promoted both if they had chosen to.
'and then they'd sit back and watch the French Top14 and Japanese clubs go to town on the NRL.'
Can you spell out why you think that would necessarily follow
Recent history has shown some league stars are willing to take pay cuts in order to have a shot at playing international RU.
Create a situation where the players have the chance to live abroad, earn twice the money (maybe not quite twice the money, but still, big big wads of cash.) playing easy rugby, possibly having a longer career AND have a shot at playing for the Wallabies and a lot more of the NRL stars would be enticed to give it a go.
NRL's salary cap in 2017 will be 7m AUD. At today's exchange rate that's 4.7m euro. To put that into perspective... the French clubs have a salary cap of 10m euro. The Japanese clubs have no salary cap and they're all owned by mega corporations and they'll soon have a team in Super Rugby, and Japan will host a RUWC in 5 years, so the interest in the sport and the money invested in it is only going to grow. Heck, even England's Aviva Premiership's salary cap is significantly larger now than the NRL's cap will be in 2017.
Realistically, what's the worst that could happen for ARU? They could simply adopt South Africa's selection policy, which allows picking players based overseas, thus they'd significantly reduce their wage bill and then they'd sit back and watch the French Top14 and Japanese clubs go to town on the NRL.
"During the 15 games of the Six Nations competition (2012/13) there were 214 scrums. There were 80 collapses, 66 re-sets, 34 early engagements and 74 penalties. This means that only 103 (48 percent) of the scrums set were completed. A study done by an Australian rugby statistician has shown the large amount of time lost during a rugby game - more than half the game, in most cases - with shots for goal and scrums being the main culprits.The average time the ball was in play during the 2012 Super 15 was 35min 30sec, and at the 2011 World Cup it was 35min 25sec. In the Super 15, one game had the ball in action for just 28min 20sec. The longest time was just under 45min." Tell me where the excitement is in watching Union as weell over 50% of the time there is nothing happening and over 50% of the time there is collapse of a scrum or Penalty at a scrum. No wonder ist boring to Play and watch!
It's not exciting at all to watch, that's why it's about to die off.
and live music after the match at the Drop Kick Scrum and Ruck & Maul bars and in the West Fan Village.” Notice that none of these booze dispensing outlets is called the ‘Sweet Spinning Pass Bar’ or the ‘Sidestep and Jink Hostelry.’
12-6 win over South Africa in a game which one reporter suggested merited a 70p ticket price rather than the £70 it actually cost.
Yes, there's a couple of good quotes to take away from this article.
SB played his rugby on the other side of the planet, in a league broadcast in the UK on some miniscule channel that gets 15-20k viewers for a NRL game, IIRC. Of course he wasn't going to get nominated for this award.
This is the kind of activity that will lead to league's growth. Best of luck to that guy. Does anyone know how he became involved with league? Was it a lone wolf type of thing or has the RLIF finally woken up and started actively engaging people from various countries trying to get them involved?
You could say the same thing about union. You'd think the so-called 'World's 3rd biggest sporting event' would be a big deal in huge countries like Mexico, Brazil, Russia etc.
Some people insist union is the reason league isn't big everywhere. Union is miniscule/nonexistent in a lot of places, so why hasn't league filled in the gap?
The simple fact is league has utterly failed to grow big anywhere outside of PNG by standing on its own two feet rather than poaching union clubs and players. That's where league's failure is and getting lucky with PNG because they just so happened to have mining resources where working class ozzies worked and spread league isn't going to change that.