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This is going to hurt, but I wonder, worldwide, how many other teams will be looking for new financiers come 2021?

'Any sports league is built on three key pillars — a lucrative broadcast deal, a long-term major sponsor and a huge star to act as the face of the game. In the past year and a half Rugby Australia has lost all three.

'Israel Folau was first to go — with a multi-million dollar payout to boot. Then broadcast partner Foxtel opted not to extend its deal. Now, in the latest blow to the Wallabies and the game in general, major sponsor Qantas has cut ties with the code after a 30-year partnership.

'The national airline will end its financial support of the code in December due to spending cuts because of COVID-19 which has included massive job losses. Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke said Qantas’ decision was “disappointing” but also ”understandable”.'


 
This is going to hurt, but I wonder, worldwide, how many other teams will be looking for new financiers come 2021?

'Any sports league is built on three key pillars — a lucrative broadcast deal, a long-term major sponsor and a huge star to act as the face of the game. In the past year and a half Rugby Australia has lost all three.

'Israel Folau was first to go — with a multi-million dollar payout to boot. Then broadcast partner Foxtel opted not to extend its deal. Now, in the latest blow to the Wallabies and the game in general, major sponsor Qantas has cut ties with the code after a 30-year partnership.

'The national airline will end its financial support of the code in December due to spending cuts because of COVID-19 which has included massive job losses. Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke said Qantas’ decision was “disappointing” but also ”understandable”.'



I can see CVC making an absolute killing on top of their existing deal.
 
This is going to hurt, but I wonder, worldwide, how many other teams will be looking for new financiers come 2021?

'Any sports league is built on three key pillars — a lucrative broadcast deal, a long-term major sponsor and a huge star to act as the face of the game. In the past year and a half Rugby Australia has lost all three.

'Israel Folau was first to go — with a multi-million dollar payout to boot. Then broadcast partner Foxtel opted not to extend its deal. Now, in the latest blow to the Wallabies and the game in general, major sponsor Qantas has cut ties with the code after a 30-year partnership.

'The national airline will end its financial support of the code in December due to spending cuts because of COVID-19 which has included massive job losses. Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke said Qantas’ decision was “disappointing” but also ”understandable”.'


The more money that leaves the game, the better. Professionalisation has just led to players going to the gym all day ever day and getting so big they are breaking themselves.

If the players had to do day jobs, they wouldn't have time to get huge, and might not end up quite as broken when they retire.

Also, there's a difference between effective rugby and rugby that is good to watch. Amateur rugby could be the latter.

Finally, professional sport is constantly getting further and further away from the recreational game. We don't need to be spending £70 for a ticket and £100 for a shirt to watch a game that bears no semblance to the one we play for fun.

The sooner the arse falls out of professional sport, the better. Sport will still exist, and it will be all the better for it.
 

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The more money that leaves the game, the better. Professionalisation has just led to players going to the gym all day ever day and getting so big they are breaking themselves.

If the players had to do day jobs, they wouldn't have time to get huge, and might not end up quite as broken when they retire.

Also, there's a difference between effective rugby and rugby that is good to watch. Amateur rugby could be the latter.

Finally, professional sport is constantly getting further and further away from the recreational game. We don't need to be spending £70 for a ticket and £100 for a shirt to watch a game that bears no semblance to the one we play for fun.

The sooner the arse falls out of professional sport, the better. Sport will still exist, and it will be all the better for it.
Well said.

When my lad was at school he played for the local Colts team and most weeks he would come home and say he had met such and such a Scottish international in the bar or having pie n beans after the game. That doesn't happen as much now for kids and is a great shame.
 
Well said.

When my lad was at school he played for the local Colts team and most weeks he would come home and say he had met such and such a Scottish international in the bar or having pie n beans after the game. That doesn't happen as much now for kids and is a great shame.
Agreed. Pros now get picked up as kids and put on a diet of supplements and the gym all day every day. They don't spend any of their lives as 'normal' people, hence the ever increasing chasm between the pro and the fan.
 

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Well said.

When my lad was at school he played for the local Colts team and most weeks he would come home and say he had met such and such a Scottish international in the bar or having pie n beans after the game. That doesn't happen as much now for kids and is a great shame.

I would dispute that, Master F met many an international and Glasgow player during his time at college there.
 
Cracking game last night between Brizil and Bordeaux, that could have went either way, even through extra time until Brizil managed to get a big enough lead to take the win.
 
Cracking game last night between Brizil and Bordeaux, that could have went either way, even through extra time until Brizil managed to get a big enough lead to take the win.
It's been a long time coming, but Pat Lam is putting together a squad that will challenge for honours over the next few seasons. After years of visiting Coventry and Bedford etc. We are back!
C'MON THE BRISS!
 
Watched the spivs getting beaten by Racing and an excellent game from Chiefs/Toulouse,

Should be a cracking game in a few weeks time between Chiefs and Racing.
 
Agree with your support for Bristol, but why dis Bedford?
Not dissing them at all. It was just an example of the teams we played for 7 years in the championship.
 

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