- Feb 26, 2018
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People often overlook the fact that the SH is trying to help the NH with their rugby.Sensitive topic though. I've found most kiwi's smack me down when i raise this as a potential advantage (along with the haka potentially giving them a psychological edge). 'Straya certainly benefits from the Islands. Toutai Kefu is Tongan. The soon to be best THP in the world's nick name is 'Tongan Thor'.
It would be cool if respective rugby unions could collaborate to improve the game over all. NZRU obviously have it down, they could collaberate with smaller or developing unions to help them implement decent systems early to increase the number of competitive nations internationally ('straya could use some of that). I think, for example, the rapidly developing US would benefit from this.
The Tongan Thor is a mercenary. He got told by the All Blacks that he wasn't ready yet and so he took off to Aus. He wanted the big bucks straight away and fair enough I guess.
If the US really took to rugby, they would be as you say - rapidly developing. They'd be a force in no time and would probably rise over some of the tier one nations that have been playing longer.