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Chris Rattue: The New World Rugby Competition Life and Death Moment for All Blacks



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Los Angeles is known as the City of Broken Dreams, the perfect place for the Rugby Summit.

Several things are increasingly decomposed in the world sport of Super Rugby, a half-hearted provincial match that ruins the game in Australia and turns it into a yawn in New Zealand.

South Africa, meanwhile, is so disappointed or confused that some are trying to catch the goblet in Europe.

Super rugby started so brilliantly in the mid-1990s, but somehow wrong. It's no surprise that teenage boys leave the game with many other entertainment options available in the digital age.

In the absence of a successful professional club / provincial match, the World League is the potential of rugby if an imperfect savior in this part of the world.

Rugby leaders met in this (I guess) the noble hotel in Los Angeles this week, and fortunately to reorganize their sport on a dramatic level.

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It is the northern hemisphere with the most to lose from the concept of the League of Nations because their Six Nations is a great winter winner marked between the power and the profile of European football.

The Southern Hemisphere Rugby is the one in trouble, where the game is more dominant football code in need of a huge rewrite.

Executive Director of NZ Rugby Steve Tew. Photo / Photoport
Executive Director of NZ Rugby Steve Tew. Photo / Photoport

Apart from some rugby tests, the game is a crunch of what you know in this part of the world, and completely unprepared for the future in which it compete with glamorous sports and larger than the world's stars of world football and American basketball.

The level of excitement and drama around Super Rugby is close to zero according to world sports standards. Super Rugby starts in February, trial games have already been played, but you would hardly know it's close by now.

The Rugby Championship – including all Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and Pumas – throws big matches, but as competition it sucks.

Rugby World Vice President, Agustin Peach, advocates a world league with a 12-nation competition, which is apparently being considered at meetings in Los Angeles.

This is a time for rugby to dream big, and dare to win. The greatest risk to the southern hemisphere is not to do anything.

What the LA Summit suggests is an even greater concentration of test rugby. In the perfect world, this is not how it should be. But rugby is a long, long way from being a perfect world.

The only thing that works greatly in rugby in New Zealand is the obsession of the World Cup. However, tests in the middle of the year often become flat.

And European money will destroy the power of all blacks in the end, when players are more likely to follow the trend they started as Charles Piotow and Steven Luat, who headed north in their youth.

World League? Absolutely, because the rugby of the southern hemisphere needs big injection of money to keep the players here and the glamor for attracting future generations.

And the new league will, according to the sounds of it, take advantage of the power and potential of the Pacific Rugby, something that SANSAAR shamefully ignored.

As for the odds, however, of the disagreeable hemispheres of rugby and of the superpowers who associate themselves with something big, my guess is minimal.


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