By The Spotter
Christmas greetings to one and all. The Spotter stuck here in traffic from Jafaville.
Whether you have agreed with my arguments or disagreed with my diatribes (limiting the bouncer, anyone?) over the latter half of this year, cheers for taking the time to read and also comment, if you did.
I’ve recently been in touch with Sporting Santa to convey my one big wish for 2015 and beyond.
This being for the NZRU to cease this ridiculous charade of theirs of having Rugby’s ITM Cup premier division split into two separate conferences and to please revert back to a proper round-robin format.
Frankly, it’s all rather laughable for the boffins at headquarters to trumpet the wares of this competition as purportedly one of the world’s leading sporting leagues when no promotion-relegation takes place. And all this tosh in the past with murmurings about not wanting to sully the comp with smaller unions who don’t have the population base or big enough stadia to justify their place appears disingenuous in the extreme to these eyes. It smacks of kowtowing to the corporates and vested stakeholders.
Can you picture the mirth and indignation around Britain and beyond if the English F.A. introduced the rule that there wouldn’t be any more promotion-relegation for the Premier League? Period. Not even any play-offs. Imagine the fallout from that. They would be a laughing stock with some sponsors probably wishing to jump ship.
So come on NZRU, stop messing around with this competition and go back to the old format please. The majority miss it and are certainly no great disciples of your current format.