G&GR Grassroots Rugby THINK TANK

G&GR Grassroots Rugby THINK TANK

Grind the cogs

This year the Aussie Super conference dolled out points like it was the Eurovision Song Contest, our under 20’s got schooled at the Junior World Cup, the Waratahs management spectacularly imploded and we still have no national third tier competition.

Alarm bells anyone? Perhaps not. Perhaps – like the ARU – you believe that being 2nd in the world rankings with best ever ‘participation’ numbers everything is fine and dandy.

Either way, it’s the perennial issue in Australian rugby – are we doing the best with what we have?

Enter the G&GR THINK TANK.

Over the next week or so – while we have no international rugby and our grass roots competitions are in full flow – Green and Gold Rugby will go beyond the usual howling at the moon. We want to tap our collective functioning braincells to nut out the $64,000 question:

What state is grassroots Aussie rugby in, and how could we make it better?

By ‘grassroots’, we mean anything below the elite level – so that can be school, club, kiddies or Super Rugby and everything else that isn’t the Wallabies.

We’ll start off with a few articles on the front page to get the juices flowing and encourage you to wrap your educated thoughts about it all into comment/posts – the best written and most interesting of which we’ll elevate into blog posts of their own accredited to you.

We’ve also started a dedicate thread in our forum to it HERE.  As possible leave this thread free of cheap quips and rebuttal – make powerful arguments instead.

Depending how this all works out, you never know what we can put together. There’s an ARU governance review that this might fit nicely into….


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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