By The Spotter
NZRU, you are hereby charged on two related counts for the offence of supporter negligence.
On Count One: Neglect of your most important stakeholders. No, not AIG, not Sky. Not even close. I’ll remind you then, shall I? Does approximately two million avid Rugby Union fans alive and well n New Zealand ring any bells for you?
On the related Count Two: A lack of duty of care in regard to your two offspring- the NPC/Mitre 10 cup, and the most prestigious trophy in all of NZ domestic sport, the Ranfurly Shield.
The evidence will show that on Sunday, 18 September you scheduled a Ranfurly Shield clash in Hamilton between two proud Rugby provinces with an illustrious Shield history, Waikato and Taranaki at the hopeless hour of 4.35pm on a Sunday. As a result, you attracted less of a crowd there than for a fleamarket in Morrinsville.
Even worse, in your infinite lack of wisdom you have decreed that the biggest provincial game of this year, Waikato versus Canterbury (also for the Shield) will take place this week on Wednesday night at Waikato Stadium. Are you in fact trying to kill off the aura of the Log of Wood in its perennial format? It almost seems like it.
Stop treating your SUPPOSEDLY most valued stakeholders, the Rugby supporters of this country, like the shit from the bottom of your shoe and from next season please allocate major Ranfurly Shield games to 2.30 or 3.00pm on a Saturday afternoon (or a Sunday at least).
Any feeble arguments you may wish to put about clashing schedules/logistics just will not wash because we all know the club rugby season is well and truly done and dusted by September and the All Blacks always play in the evening.
So come on NZRU do the right thing for once by your enormous supporter base and give Kiwi Rugger fans back their traditional big Saturday afternoon Shield Rugby.
Then we can hope once more to see more scenes like this:
As for your cock-eyed and completely warped breaking up of our beloved NPC First Division into two separate groups, you really need to listen to what the supporters are saying- everyone hates it. What part of ‘dislike’ do you not comprehend?! Are you really just that pig-headed? You need to do the right thing here also. Do not become an incarnation of the ‘fifty-seven old farts’ syndrome, for heaven’s sake.
To sum up my closing argument, for once I agree with Mr contrariness personified of the Herald, Herr Rattue, that the NZRU more and more acts like the Kremlin. Let’s just hope that Steve Tew doesn’t turn into as much of a dictator as Putin has.
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