>John Harts suggestion of multi layered competition to my mind does not
>solve the problem of mis matches. How does one improve if you are not
>playing against the benchmarks. By seperating teams you are essentially
>"ghettoising" the 2nd tier countries.
To be fair to John Hart, he mentioned promotion and relegation components
in his off-the-cuff divisonal system. There is no reason why all games would
have to be divisional.
Also it's worth remembering that Michael Jones was greatly respected by his
teammates and they wanted to play the game for him, so they had a
compelling reason to keep scoring and play for the full 80 minutes.
The Dominion cartoon highlighted the issue. An All Black with the number
93 on his back digging a grave for a coffin reading " Pumas 8 ", and
the Headstone reading " Amateur Rugby ".
I think that this year and last year I've watched more rugby than any time
over the past two decades, and I've been thrilled at the skill levels and
talent that make me watch right to the end, regardless of the score. Not
just Super 12, but even the tests have been excellent viewing.
Without introducing too much controversy into the rather dour IRB
comments, I do wonder if the change in the lineouts might be worth
reviewing to ascertain if it is encouraging competitiveness, especially
as sometimes sides don't even compete for the ball.