‘Suits’ must heed Vunipola warn­ing

The Rugby Paper - - Letters | Views -

I READ the com­ments from Billy Vunipola this week about the risk of player burnout and I have to say I to­tally agree with him.

With rugby gen­er­at­ing more and more money, it seems that it is the only thing that mat­ters to the ‘suits’, as he called the men run­ning the game.

All that they seem in­ter­ested in is flog­ging the play­ers to gen­er­ate more rev­enue and fill their pock­ets while the play­ers are ex­pected to play for al­most 11 months a year.

Vunipola sug­gested the play­ers may have to force the suits to lis­ten to their con­cerns by go­ing on strike like in the NBA and the NFL re­cently.

As great as rugby is as prod­uct, I reckon the suits will strug­gle to sell it with­out any play­ers ready to play in their in­ter-con­ti­nen­tal trans-ocean time­zone-bust­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

NICK ROBIN­SON Southamp­ton

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