Last year Bay of Plenty was in disarray, results on the pitch woeful, financially $1 million in the red, by the end of 2009 the Union is going to post a profit and looks forward to a bright future. Up and down the country, will the exception of Counties (special circumstances, home ground redevelopment etc), we are seeing the same result. Manawatu, Tasman, Southland, etc all reporting good results in the face of a hostile economic climate. Is interest in the ANZC this year up due to the dropping of four teams or due to the increased competitive nature of the former minions in the competition? The NZRU are refusing to even ask that question and are hell bent on breaking something that looks like it may have come of age. Why not give the ANZC three more years to see if things are sustainable rather than kick heatland supporters in the teeth once again? Anyone want to go back to the days of player drift to the big five S14 franchises who arguably stopped development spending as they pillaged the rest of the country? Why exactly is the NZRU hell bent on JON's path to S14 destruction at the cost of the provincial game in New Zealand? We need the cash from the SANZA deal no questions asked, but at what price? Why try to expand that competition into the dog's breakfast that the 2010 competition promises to be? As stated on here before the new look competition is going to lose a lot of supporters myself included, even blind Freddy can see that. The NZRU are not alone in going insane at the moment, check the ARU's recent decisions. ARC scrapped after one season because, shock, horror, it was costing the ARU some cash. Sorry where were the heartland teams in places like central NSW and the Central Coast? The ARU followed former NZRU thinking by pandering to the rich clubs and basically boycotting the regional areas, this has cost Rugby any chance of dominating the football codes in regions like the Central Coast, the Coast is now firmly behind a mungoball expansion team. The Western Force, reports from over in the WA, are in financial trouble due to a sponsor falling over and a drop in seasonal ticket take ups. Solution, yeap another team in AFL heartland Melbourne, notable the Storm are probably not that far away from bankruptcy by all accounts. When will our Administrators learn more is not necessary good, and leave competitions like the ANZC that are finally working alone. Bugger restricting the comp due to the S15 shambles headed our way, why exactly is that paramount? As crowds and viewing numbers fall off in the heartlands perhaps Tew and Co will finally see some light.