NZRU boss Steve Tew yesterday warned the International Rugby Board that the All Blacks may not be involved in the 2015 World Cup if the current finance structure isn’t addressed.
Tew believes the future of the World Cup will come under threat unless there is fundamental change to ensure leading nations do not lose millions in revenue at the 2015 tournament in England.
He said competing at the World Cup has cost the NZRU more than $NZ13m, and at a time when player costs were rising and the world economy was struggling.
Tew’s views have been supported by Australian rugby boss John O’Neill.
The problem for New Zealand is of course smaller population and economy which essentially means that the big broadcasting corporation have them at the balls.
Tew went as far to say that NZ will withdrew from the 2015 RWC if the current finance structured is not addressed.
Personally I am almost at a point where I wouldn’t mind if the whole thing collapse and we get back to medium size tours.
Everyone was raving about the quality of the rugby after the first week of this year’s RWC. I was not as impressed and expressed my views in some other posts. Interestingly enough the raving has stopped and we’re back at cricket scores.
In accordance to this Chris Rattue came out with an article today stating that ‘The World Cup is a façade’ and that ’NZ rugby is in trouble’.
The day has finally arrived when the 13-a-side code will not only share the limelight with union, but overshadow the national obsession.
After 16 rollercoaster years, the Grand Final Warriors are close to delivering on their huge potential. Shaun Johnson and Kevin Locke will fill billboards and become household names, the way the imports did in season dot. Glen Fisiiahi, Sam “Super Size” Lousi plus ex-rugby players Konrad Hurrell and Omar Slaimankhel await.
More will come. This time, the buzz will last. Rugby’s blazer brigade hasn’t got a clue what they are in for as action-packed league takes hold.
The All Blacks have a special and exalted place in New Zealand life, but below them rugby is struggling for public appeal. The World Cup is a facade. Rugby is in trouble, especially in Auckland.
The World Cup has given rugby a shot in the arm, but rugby shot itself in the foot with the poorly designed and oversized Eden Park, a monument to foolishness.
Rugby visitors to Auckland may struggle to understand this, but the locals who usually stay away don’t. And Auckland rugby can’t even produce its own stars any more.
In contrast, while the Warriors’ home at Mt Smart Stadium is also outdated and unfortunately parked in a used-muffler haven, it is perfectly sized for most NRL games and young stars are emerging from within the club.
Our financially ailing rugby, which is controlled by fiddling Wellington-based bureaucrats, isn’t set up to resist the Warriors’ rise in Auckland and this World Cup is no panacea.
I went to the Georgia / Romania game last night with my kids and they enjoyed the carnival atmosphere but the rugby match itself was killed by the referee.
Walking to the stadium I overheard a number of kids stating that this was their first attendance of a live rugby match ever. That’s right ‘New Zealand kids’ 12 years and older who have never been to a rugby match and who just don’t seem to care about rugby at all.
What a disappointment this Georgia / Romania game must have for them. Killed by Paddy O’Brein and his referee’s. I also attended the Scotland / Argentina match which was another match where the referee determined the outcome of the match by missing a blatant offside in the final minutes of the match.
This is ironic because the rules have been changed –giving in essence more power to referee’s- to make the game more attractive. What we see is the exact opposite, in my view. We see flap/flap phase rugby where referee help teams with no ability to score tries to hang onto the ball. We also see matches that’s blown into tatters because the new breakdown rule interpretations had led to that area becoming a hotspot for rugby criminal behaviour (cheating).
Chris Rattue continuous:
The public have lapped the tournament up, which is great. It has been a festival of humanity in a way so far, and the rugby tension will rise from the quarter-finals on. But with no apologies to the World Cup apologists, a lot of this tournament has been ridiculously lopsided and about as entertaining as mowing the lawns. My warm fuzzies haven’t survived watching Scotland plodding about, or witnessing Wales three million, Namibia nil. The tournament is loaded against smaller countries, including New Zealand, who host a final that will end in the vicinity of midnight.
Whatever the outcome, today’s kids will delight if they wish in the World Cup then skateboard off to play league, soccer, basketball, golf, computer games and whatever else takes their fancy. Street parades don’t last forever – just look at the America’s Cup.
The open-field running, offloading and one-on-one hits of league suit the physical and psychological makeup of the brilliant young Maori and Pacific Island prospects in New Zealand. The game thrives on television coverage, and has a knack of producing close-contest thrillers and off-field drama.
To those who disagree, tell us – please – why just 14,000 people turned up to watch the Blues and Waratahs in a Super 15 playoff match and compare that to the rising hysteria about the Warriors’ Grand Final appearance.
He is absolutely correct. Last weekend the France/AB game was big news here in New Zealand. I went to a friend’s house that had a big screen TV set-up with about 20 people invited. We arrived and everyone was having a great time not bothering to watch the England game that was screened just before the France/AB match. In fact nobody even knew what the final score of the England match was. To be honest I actually can’t remember against who England played (I’ll have to look it up).
The France match was only of interest due to the fact that it was a revenge match for the AB’s. However the NZ league team –the warriors- was playing in a semi-final match at almost the same time. They started 10 minutes or so before the end of the AB/France match and we had the bizarre situation that someone took control of the remote and started to jump between channels staying increasingly longer periods on the league match channel way before the All Balck/France match was over.
Now I like to listen to the interviews after the match and get the players and coaches’ perspectives but the moment the final whistle of the AB/France match went the channel was switched and the involvement of the New Zealanders around me changed from predominantly silent viewing to enthusiastic shouting and commentary about what was happening on the screen.
This was an eye opener to me as I don’t like league and don’t watch it but are clearly part of a dying breed here in New Zealand.