Kevin Fine

Rugby in the doldrums

2005-04-26 14:37

Rugby continues its run through the doldrums with the weekend's coup plot highlighting just how much trouble we are really in.

Brian van Rooyen said this weekend that if things did not get better soon we would "continue to be the laughing stock of the rugby world". How right he is.

If our teams were winning, the franchise system was organised and our leaders weren't fumbling around in the dark like our Super 12 backlines - it would be great.

The filtration process from the boardroom has become evident on the field - how unfortunate that the clowns who really just have meetings and sign deals, have brought our rugby to this point.

Maybe they are doing something right - but surely that would be reflected on by the results of all our sides, and not just in the boardroom.

Sit up for another internal war around the Super 14 franchises - not as ferocious as the Currie Cup final - but certainly the loser will be scarred and embittered toward the victor - the trophy is so badly wanted.

The SE Cape will be hoping that the original decision to hand their last hope of progress to the Central Union of the Free State will be overturned. Wouldn't it be noble of the central unions to reconsider... what about their revenue, their stronghold their business plan.

It's very clear from press statements that they will not be too keen to have the decision overturned because "it is a contract which they have accepted".

In a week where our Super 12 teams continued to be dominated, and at the same time our Baby Boks become the world champs, the dichotomy of rugby is an ugly one.

One would think that this far into "unity" the kind of mutterings that we consistently hear would have been settled, and there would be one vision to guide this rugby loving nation.

I have some suggestions. Clean up the rugby administration, keep their dirty laundry out of the press, and stop damaging our nationalistic tendencies.

When you have all finished in the sand pit and shaken hands, come back to the playground.

Later.

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  • Kevin presents "Kevin's Rise N Fine" - the weekend breakfast show on 5fm on Saturdays and Sundays from 07:00 to 10:00.

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