The sport’s elitist
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.