The Eter­nal Im­plo­sion of Aus­tralian Rugby

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

It turned out, some­what sur­pris­ingly, that last year wasn’t the nadir for Aus­tralian rugby. Nope. Not even close.

Last year they at least won three Su­per Rugby games against New Zealand op­po­si­tion. This year they didn’t notch a soli­tary vic­tory. Crowds, which were low last year, were lower again this year.

Play­ing num­bers fell fur­ther and there was a host of ex­ec­u­tive res­ig­na­tions from within the Aus­tralian Rugby­clud­ing their chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The Aus­tralian play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion ended up at war with the ARU and the ill-feel­ing about the way the process to elim­i­nate one team from Su­per Rugby was han­dled will leave bit­ter­ness and anger for years to come.

It’s ac­tu­ally hard to imag­ine how things could have been worse.

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