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I'd attribute Jamaica's success to the infastructure they have in place to develop sprinters...
You're entire argument seems based upon the assumption that players are born and not developed. Also - I'd wager football was comparitevly a bigger sport in Eastern Europe and Asia over weight lifting, why are all their weightlifters not footballers? If your argument is that the reason that England's top athletes go to football as it is the most popular sport, it may not suprise you that is the case for pretty much every country including South Africa..
And even if we accepted that rugby loses many great athletes - England still has a population over 13x larger than New Zealand, and considerably more players. To assume that the reason that the reason England does poorly is due to not having as many natural athletes as New Zealand would be absurd. It comes down to player development.
Athletes are both born and developed. I am not suggesting this is all down to genetics.
Jamaica has the infrastructure in place to develop sprinters because it has a great public interest in developing sprinters, that's precisely my point.
I'm not saying weightlifting is bigger than football anywhere, it isn't.
Weightlifting is held in much higher regard in eastern European and south east Asian countries than it is anywhere else.
Therefore they will be able to attract and hold on to more elite athletes than, for the sake of argument, GB can.
Because a weightlifter in GB will probably not receive much, if any in the way of sponsorship/fame or general recognition, whereas a top weightlifter from Kazakhstan will be a national poster-boy.
England may have many times the population of NZ, but most people will not know who Chris Robshaw (insert any current England player) is.
The sport simply doesn't figure in the majority of our population's minds.
How many people in NZ don't know who Rutchie is?
I know I didn't know what Rugby was until I was about 9 or 10 years old and that was only because I started going to school in the country at that age.
As I have already done, I am making a distinction between white/middle-class SA and the majority poor black SA population.