word to the 'Gods', the Committee men and the rugby clubs in Wales
if I may, remember the story of the goose that laid the golden
egg, if you do, take heed of a warning from me Ole R.D. Stop and
listen to the rumblings of us the Welsh Rugby supporters, ask
us what changes 'WE' would like to see for a change. Remember
it is us who spend the money, fill the stadium's seats and attend
your club grounds with the hope of seeing a great game and those
most precious of commodities, flair and skill in a 'new' Barry,
John or Gareth. So stop and think, solve the problems that 'we'
the supporters of rugby in Wales know are wrong.
again we have had a change in coach and coaching staff, but the
same problems are still there. Again the familiar statements are
reappearing "we are on the right road, we played a good game,
of course we are disappointed, we are getting there, we will be
ready for the World Cup", which one? 2050 perhaps! It might
be to late by then for just like dust in the wind, support for
the game may have blown away. So if change is to come, lets start
at the top, get rid of the old dragons like me, then work down,
have professionals to manage the game for they are more accountable,
but then I don't suppose that will happen because all the clubs
want to have a say of who's is going to be the management. Yes
same old story.
for one will never again pay money to enter my beloved arms park
or any rugby ground until change has come and all the bickering
of who should do what and when has stopped, and clubs cease to
state that they are going do this and that because they cannot
have their own way.
Perhaps my ramblings are the result of the so called professional
era, if they are, all I can say forget the the professional's
and the big money wages and come back the days of the amateur
when to don that red shirt with the Prince of Wales feathers was
suffice payment. As for the players, I know you should be protected
if you have an injury and a system has to be in place to protect
your immediate and future financial situation. But remember too
did anyone force you to play?, I always thought the game was played
for enjoyment not for what could be 'got' out of it. Well it was
when I played.
take heed too, if the front row want to have a 'go' mind your
own business. Don't keep blowing that whistle every two minutes
because they have decided that they don't quite like each other.
Still you've never been in there, so you wouldn't know. But just
look in the clubhouse after, see who's having a drink with who?
Yes a special breed! the men of the front row.