RWC 2011 tickets, Otago rugby & issues with NZRU

Here’s another invitation to go into personal debt for rugby…

### ODT Online Sat, 5 Sep 2009
Rugby: Repayment plan for World Cup tickets
Cash-strapped New Zealanders are to be offered interest free repayment plans to assist them to buy top-priced tickets to 2011’s Rugby World Cup.
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### ODT Online Sun, 6 Sep 2009
Rugby: Otago pipped at Carisbrook
Otago has been beaten 22-18 by Auckland in the national championship game at Carisbrook this afternoon.
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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 16:59 06/09/2009
Rugby Heaven: Auckland cling on at Carisbrook
Otago fail to convert possession and territory
NZPA
A late assault inspired by two rugby league converts wasn’t enough as Otago lost 22-18 to Auckland in a fluctuating Air NZ Cup rugby match in Dunedin today.
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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 13:46 06/09/2009
Rugby Heaven: Greed is killing our provincial game
By Greg Ford – Sunday Star Times
Greed. It’s rugby’s greatest flaw and failing, and greed is again at the heart of the latest drama gripping our game.
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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:01 06/09/2009
Rugby Heaven: Mexted slams ‘naive’ NZRU
By David Long – Sunday News
All Blacks great and prominent rugby figure Murray Mexted has launched a scathing attack on the NZRU, accusing them of lacking vision over the future of provincial rugby in New Zealand.
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3 responses to “RWC 2011 tickets, Otago rugby & issues with NZRU

  1. Richard

    I largely agree with Murray Mexted. Tribal allegiances will always “rally the troops” over the Super 14. Why, if the current renaissance continues, I might even return to The ‘Brook after an absence of 3 years!

    But not to “night games”! Well maybe at FB – maybe!

    The Tri-Nations series is also “past its use by date”.

    By all means, let’s play the Aussies every year but, in place of the Tri-Nations, let’s have a few more tours by other countries. In saying that, I accept that a return to the long tours of 30 years ago is not possible, just an ‘edited version’.

    Oh yes, I reckon Otago deserved to win this afternoon! And we may have done if Michael Witt had come on earlier!

  2. Phil

    I’m with you on that, Richard. Nationwide tours are the best way to rekindle national interest. I accept that many countries can not afford to have highly paid athletes on tour for a couple of months at a time. But I recall the thrill on my son’s face when he posed with the rest of the under 8s team for their end of year team photo, with the springbok head (won by Otago a couple of months earlier) proudly sitting in front of them. It’s games like England vs East Coast Bays that become legends, well after test matches have been buried.

  3. Phil

    I was discussing with a friend the other day, about the inclusion of rugby at the Olympics. The upshot that we both agreed that rugby didn’t belong at the Olympics, having its own world championships. For us, it sat in the same category as tennis and golf as Olympic sports. Where winning at the Olympics is not regarded as the pinnacle in that sport. And rugby is not viewed by the world as a true global sport. Yet.

    We discussed further more about the exposure that rugby would get at an Olympic Games. While about 15 gazzilion people watch the Olympics on telly, 95% of those (NZ included) are forced to watch pre purchased packages offered by the major broadcasters. With little, if any, input into the content of that package. So, if the women’s welterweight clean and jerk weightlifting final is on at the same time as the men’s 100m freestyle final, which do you think will be included in the purchased broadcast package? Our conclusion was that the television audience for rugby at the Olympics would be stuff all. With proportional benefits to the sport.

    However, all was not lost. We then looked at the rugby world cup, and also the international rugby 7s circuit. Something the rugby world DOES have some measure of control over. The major rugby playing nations will presumably all have to pay a small fortune to purchase the televised packages. And that’s fair enough, because you know you’ve got a secure audience. But here’s a perfect opportunity to grow the worldwide interest in the sport, above that of idle curiosity. The IRB, if they wished, could give televised coverages away, free of charge, into large populated areas that they think might be ripe for some serious rugby conversion. Forget about preaching to the converted, they are already take care of. Offer it to the nordic countries, for example, where there are around 50 million people, on the condition it is played on their free to air channels, between say 7pm and 10pm at night. Saves their broadcasters money in not having to purchase repeat episodes of Law and Order. It’s like cricket, people in non playing countries think it’s a comical pastime, and not a real sport. Until they have been given the time and exposure to understand it. Often they still view it as comical, but at least a genuine sport.

    We found a precedent for the success of this approach. America’s Cup yacht racing. Got to be probably the number one boring sport in the world. Ever. But stick it on prime time telly every night for 3 weeks, and I’m suddenly sitting up at 3am watching two groups of rich kids sailing in a circle for 3 hours.

    It was about this point that my friend thought he should probably stop drinking, and go home.

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