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    Super Rugby doesn’t need to lose an Australian team: RUPA chief executive Ross Xenos

    Nick Taylor
    Sunday, 9 July 2017 12:33PM

    Australian players have been let down by the ARU's bungled attempt to downsize Super Rugby, their union says.
    And with South Africa having chopped two clubs, the Rugby Union Players' Association insists five Australian franchises must be maintained in a 16-team competition until the current broadcast deal ends in three years.
    RUPA chief executive Ross Xenos, who was at Friday night's Western Force bittersweet 31-22 win over Melbourne Rebels, said the ARU had abandoned its national footprint by trying to axe one of the clubs.
    The pressure has moved off the Force, who have started legal action against the ARU, and onto the privately owned Rebels who are in talks with the governing body about the sale of their licence.
    Hopefully there's a bit of inside info attached to this

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    https://thewest.com.au/sport/super-r...-ng-b88531487z

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    The South Africans are not actually cutting 2 teams from what I can see, they are just saying the Cheetahs and Kings have to play somewhere else The ARU are the only body looking to downsize

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    Super Rugby: Australian freefall mirrored at the gate - Wayne Smith, The Australian. (Available via Google News.)

    Crowd and television viewing figures for Australian Super Rugby have plummeted over the past two years though, ironically, the Western Force’s gate attendances have risen since the club was targeted for culling by the ARU.

    According to statistics provided to The Australian by Fox Sports, the number of people attending a Super Rugby match has fallen from 643,790 in 2015 (average crowd 15,702), to 536,807 in 2016 (average 13,764), to the current low of 399,066 for 2017 (average 11,402).

    Admittedly, the current season still has one round of fixtures to go next weekend, with the Force hosting the Waratahs and the Melbourne Rebels taking on the Jaguares of Argentina, both on Saturday night. The Brumbies’ quarter-final on July 21 in Canberra still is to be factored in as well.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/spor...909755a7d08a02

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    And they think culling a team thousands of kilometres away from their precious Sydney home ground will increase the crowd numbers?

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    Jarrad Butler off to Connaught, another decent player lost to Australian rugby.

    We would have been better off as #strongerasfive

    With some of the names moving overseas due to the current situation we may land up as #weakerasfour

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    Aidan Toua from the Brumbies possibly off to Japan

    We would have been #Strongerasfive

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    This all reminds me of the Joan Baez song "Where have all the flowers gone".

    I can just picture the ARU board sitting in an empty stand in a few years time, watching a couple of old men run around the field playing what they call rugby singing the following chorus from the song:

    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time ago
    Where have all the young men gone?
    They are all in uniform
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    This all reminds me of the Joan Baez song "Where have all the flowers gone".

    I can just picture the ARU board sitting in an empty stand in a few years time, watching a couple of old men run around the field playing what they call rugby singing the following chorus from the song:

    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time ago
    Where have all the young men gone?
    They are all in uniform
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?
    They're all in pale blue uniform

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    This all reminds me of the Joan Baez song "Where have all the flowers gone".
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    How many of the young TWFers can identify the dude with Joanie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
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    How many of the young TWFers can identify the dude with Joanie?[/CENTER]
    Dillon leyds?

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