- May 7, 2006
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Capital that is correct, but now that rugby union is a professional game as well how do you think that will change things? From what I can gather, the laws of union are more convoluted and difficult to understand than ever, nearly everyday you can hear viewers and even commentators and players complaining that they can't follow what's happening. It makes me laugh when sometimes you see a subtitle come up on the TV screen to explain to the viewer why such-and-such a penalty was given!
Well living in Canberra we've had the Brumbies shoved down our throats something shocking. They had massive success when the Super 12 hit the scene, and given the fact that was in 1995, the year after the Raiders won their last premiership and super star players began to move on and the club slowly moved into their down time after some great highs in the late 80's early 90's - The timing didn't do unions cause down here any harm.
However, 11 'seasons' (if you can call 12-14 games a season) later and the Brumbies fad down here has worn off a hell of a lot. 4 years ago you couldn't leave the house without seeing the postman wearing a Brumbies jersey under his work kit and a Brumbies bumper sticker on anything that moved. Now their crowds are shrinking, their marquee players are getting on and I just don't think they've been here long enough to cement themselves a place in the fickle hearts of Canberran's to accept some piss poor years out of them, like the Raiders have. The Brumbies will be in Melbourne by 2012 at the latest I reckon. Lets not forget the Super League war was around the time union became professional as well so that didn't hurt a bit, as they picked up disgruntled league fans who'd dropped their team for whatever reason.
I believe union will also have to start putting some of their massive dollars into grass roots development too because you just cannot sustain a 14 week competition on a few nuffies and a spattering of over paid League talent. If they keep up their current recruitment strategies, they will buy themselves into non-existence. Union has never face problems like League has, they will have to at some stage, how they handle it is yet to be seen. League on the other hand has copped sh!t for the last 99 years, been struck major blows, knocked to its knees and had to accept BS TV deals and all that, but has always come back. League has rolled with the punches and come out the other side a little bruised, but never beaten. Now with the A-League and its success, union can proudly boast being the 4th code in this country.