There is no doubting that the Rugby being played in 2017 is of a higher quality compared to the past. The players are more powerful and skillful due to a better knowledge of diets along with training. You would imagine because the game is played at a greater skill level that the crowds would have grown. That is not the case and one of the main reasons for that slump is that there are not enough superstars in the game.
With the start of the season around the corner, you would imagine that everyone is talking about it. If you asked the average joe on the street though the chances are they would not know about it. Why when it is such a popular sport is it lacking the fanfare and excitement that is associated with many other sports? Even the high paying super rugby odds available are not attracting a high volume of bets which just goes to show that it is becoming less popular.
The Australian rugby draws big crowds but when it comes to the Super Rugby competition is does not work the same. The competition does not flow well with too many stops and starts. With tests held in the middle and a ladder with a total of 18 teams, it just does not work. It is far too complicated with two conferences for African, a Japan along with an Argentina team with wildcards and eight team series finals.
There is too much to take in with far too many teams along with players. There are many top class stars at world-famous clubs but they do not have the star quality of the past. There are a couple of exceptions such as Michael Hopper and Lock Adam Coleman. Too few have made it to that elite stardom needed to attract the big crowds to the games in every part of the world. Super rugby does not have the same passionate fans that follow the AFL or NRL. It is all that they care about and they wear their hearts on their sleeves.
One thing is for certain is that the format must change if it is going to move forward. The sport needs to develop more stars and maybe the less is more approach will work better. With things so spread out, it is difficult to fill stadiums and create the passionate atmosphere that makes the game so special. If things don’t change fast many are pundits are making Super League predictions that it will fail completely over the next decade.
With so many of the star players moving abroad to play international rugby the drain of talent needs to stop. Currently, there are 115 Super Rugby stars from Australia and most fans would not be able to name them all. The only thing keeping the game alive is the TV money following in. If that was too dry up due to demand falling even further the game would not survive. Let’s hope that changes are made to see it grow and create new stars that everyone will come flock and see.