August 23rd 2021
Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
By Ron Wood
With the Covid Pandemic going
crazy causing all sorts of dramas for the world, Rugby has not avoided the confusion.
With the decision of New Zealand Rugby to not allow the All Blacks to travel to
Perth, the future of the Rugby Championships is now very much up in the air. All
sorts of suggestions are being thrown around as to where the tournament should
be played. Suggestions have been put forward to play in South Africa, in
Australia or New Zealand
and even a mention of playing the tournament in the UK later in the year. From
what we have seen so far they may as well just let the Springboks and The All
Blacks play off for the trophy as the Wallabies and Pumas don’t appear to be in
the same class.
Rugby made the only call possible recently putting an end to season 2021in the Greater
Sydney region in line with current NSW Health Covid restrictions. It was an
inevitable call that puts an end to the 2021 Shute Shield and all other
Community Rugby competitions in the Greater Sydney region.
with this announcement came a call from the SRU regarding the future
participation agreements for the Shute Shield going forward. Penrith
have been advised that they will no longer have a place in the Shute Shield
competition and are expected to work with NSW Rugby and the Western Sydney Two
Blues to develop a stronger Rugby development program for Western Sydney. The Hunter Wildfires have retained their spot in the Shute Shield with
a number of dispensations applying to both the Wildfires and the Western Sydney
Two Blues to enable both regions an opportunity to further develop the game in
their districts. After reading the SRU Press Release regarding the future of
the Shute Shield I am just as convinced as ever that NSW Rugby and the Rugby
Australia needs to step in and completely restructure the competition formats
in NSW to better reflect the population base of NSW. Otherwise Rugby in NSW
will continue its downward spiral until it no longer holds any real significance
in the sporting landscape.
The Dexter Porter Blood Cup is
coming to a conclusion with just a week to go. At the latest count on the 23rd
July the usual suspects were again leading the way. Shamrocks were topping the
tally with 34 donations ahead of Vikings on 28. Tech Waratahs had 11, Wollongong
University had 5 with Kiama and Camden 1 each. So if you want to escape home
for few minutes get down to the Red Cross and make a donation before August 31.
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.