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Ok, I know it's Austin Healey, but that aside I think he raises a good point. It's certainly something which I think is becoming more obvious with almost each passing month, let alone season. Pro rugby, like pro football is a win at all cost business, with money and lots of it key to success. There are more and more examples outside those mentioned in the article, where rugby now follows football. Players are pushing on the boundaries of respect towards referees, and some push too far. Constant finger pointing, and arms rotating like helicopter blades at referees. Fans constantly clamouring for more money, to spend on ever more expensive players. Super rich billionaires and millionaires dabbling with teams, ever driving the markets harder. Just recently, Gloucester & Altrad. Stade and the so called merger with Racing. On the other end of the scale, the financially broken NGD, and its WRU takeover. More TV money, bigger contracts, more , more , more. Pro rugby is like a a runaway train, where the destination station is parity with pro football. Many fans actually embrace it, and are more than happy with the direction it's going. I think I must be getting old, as it's a train I'm not so sure I want to stay on.

Rugby is already heading down the football route with win-at-all cost attitude cheapening the values this sport once cherished


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/ ... -attitude/


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Post Re: The oval ball becomes round
Llew wrote:
Ok, I know it's Austin Healey, but that aside I think he raises a good point. It's certainly something which I think is becoming more obvious with almost each passing month, let alone season. Pro rugby, like pro football is a win at all cost business, with money and lots of it key to success. There are more and more examples outside those mentioned in the article, where rugby now follows football. Players are pushing on the boundaries of respect towards referees, and some push too far. Constant finger pointing, and arms rotating like helicopter blades at referees. Fans constantly clamouring for more money, to spend on ever more expensive players. Super rich billionaires and millionaires dabbling with teams, ever driving the markets harder. Just recently, Gloucester & Altrad. Stade and the so called merger with Racing. On the other end of the scale, the financially broken NGD, and its WRU takeover. More TV money, bigger contracts, more , more , more. Pro rugby is like a a runaway train, where the destination station is parity with pro football. Many fans actually embrace it, and are more than happy with the direction it's going. I think I must be getting old, as it's a train I'm not so sure I want to stay on.

Rugby is already heading down the football route with win-at-all cost attitude cheapening the values this sport once cherished


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/ ... -attitude/


Whilst I would agree the message and that's in no way new...imo the argument isn't made in the article although rugby decadence is well chronicled.

Rugby had been decadent before formal pro status, under counter payments rife etc, the filthy lucre and dependence on it in an open environment opened up the business dependence, ...product, catchment, investment, etc ...bottom line importance hasn't really been broached yet and huge +\- aspects of that and commercialism still awaited.

W/W coverasge still an inhibitor compared to footy....

Healy's article misses the mark and misses scope and outlook.

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