Friday’s rugby news has Cheika’s take on the Waratah’s performances, James Slipper returning for the Reds, Rugby participation down and Welsh player banned for four years.
Cheika’s Take on Tahs
“It’s good to be able to welcome James back to the starting side,” said Reds co-coach Matt O’Connor.
“He’s worked hard to get himself back on the field and was very pleased to get some minutes against the Waratahs.
“You want your most experienced players on the field and James will offer plenty of leadership on Saturday.
“The team returned from the bye with a lot of enthusiasm for the challenge that awaits us on Saturday.
According to the ARU, almost 7000 players walked away from the game last year.
The ARU will announce their 2015 participation levels at the AGM next Monday where it is expected they will announce that club XV participants have declined by 6.7% brining the total figure to less than 90 000.
On the other hand, there has been a growth in Sevens rugby, particularly in Women’s Sevens, and success in grassroots initiatives where kids are exposed to rugby in schools.