Maybe I should have clarified that I'm a Kiwi in exile so they aren't "my"
club sides. The real problem here IMHO is that there are too many club
sides for the player population at the top level so the talent gets
stretched too thinly, it's the same in the cricket.
The problem with provincial rugby in the uk is that there are too many
small counties and no broader organisation (cf cricket again). So as soon
as you put together a Southeast team for example nobody wants to know
because loyalties jump from club/county level to national level. It's a
tricky one and I don't pretend to have solutions, I do however think
you're overstating the SH provincial/NH national sides comparison just a
little. Ok so Otago beat the Lion's midweek side, so what. Can the next
provincial/club side to beat the AB dirt trackers claim to be world No1? I
don't think so.
>>>Hey, that's a bit unfair, Llanelli is only a club side, not a selection,
>>>or wot we call provincial. Not wallies at all.
>>Your comparison is not exactly fair either. First division club sides in
>>the UK are the equivalent of SH provincial sides since they are the tier
>>below test level. I would not expect the Blacks to run in a score like
>>that against a first division side in NZ.
>>who would have liked to see the game but you don't get S4C in London.
>Sorry, I can't agree with that. Your club sides are no better than our
>What is missing is an entire layer of rugby at provincial level. As it
>your national teams like England etc are only equivalent to our
provincial sides, and
>your British Lions would equal the ABs (in level, but not in ability.
They've come a
>long way since Carwynn James & his burglars cleaned the ABs out in 81).
>I hope this clarifies the situation for you.
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