Some social media lengthy Opinion Pieces & anecdotes by GR RU & RL fans on why their respective games in Aust. are experiencing a long term decline in GR regd. nos and/or the popularity of the professional competitions; & possible solutions to reverse these trends.
For the RU OP, the writer says that RA has handed a whole generation of youngsters in northern Sydney & the eastern suburbs to the AFL "on a silver platter"; & that the AFL is much effective in its "hustling" in western Sydney to increase its GR popularity.
1. RU Problems
Cast your mind back to 2003. The week leading up to the final of the Rugby World Cup between Australia and England. A month-long spectacle of rugby had been held around Australia. Everyone was talking about rugby. Secretly, while rugby league types were quick to point out its rival sport’s flaws...www.theroar.com.au
2. RL Problems
Well... Let me explain! I live in the North Western part of NSW (New England). Over the past 5-10 years, I have seen a massive change in people about what sports they follow. More and more people in New England have been turned off by Rugby League and are now following and playing more European...silvertails.net
BBT, I know you don't like the Ausplay survey cos its a survey, but the latest figures are interesting
If you go to page 16 and check the age groups from 5 to 14 on the drop down menu, there are actually more kids playing orgranised Australian football in NSW than Rugby League!