The sport’s elit­ist

Rugby World - - THE FANS’ VIEW -

I was re­cently copied into an email from a pro­fes­sional rugby club de­tail­ing a list of play­ers be­ing called up for an academy fes­ti­val.

A group of 36 have been nom­i­nated to rep­re­sent this club, which is fan­tas­tic news for them and their fam­i­lies. How­ever, look­ing at the de­tails, I re­alised not one of the 36 nom­i­nated was from a state school.

Is it the same across the coun­try? Prob­a­bly. What this shows is rugby has be­come an elit­ist sport where the type of school you at­tend de­ter­mines how suc­cess­ful you are.

The RFU need to wake up and smell the cof­fee or they will con­tinue to lose a count­less amount of good state-school play­ers due to this so­cially-di­verse ap­proach by acad­e­mies. Gareth Mayne, via email RW says: Things are im­prov­ing. Eng­land’s Mar­ler, Far­rell, Lawes and Brown all came from the state sys­tem.

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