More fanfare and ‘hoopla’ to distract the public from the other significant issues affecting The Rugby World and its used-up athletes. The big problems with deteriorating Health and Wellbeing ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED. Just a bit of window dressing. WR has at their disposal, world-renowned scientists grouped up under ‘prestigious’ global organisations, which perform as powerful lobby groups! Yet, the majority of these ‘professionals’ are either contracted or Funded by WR. Only two or three days ago came up a Media Release illuminating us with a ‘newbie’ … “The Additional 12 Reasons for the appearance of CTE and Dementia in Rugby Players?? Give us a break!! – WR you are playing with the lives of rugby players, families, siblings, spouses, parents, and grandparents who are worried sick about their boys and girls being hurt in an ‘accident’ on the rugby field. If you are aware of these risks, it is no accident and prevention is lackadaisical.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE AND… SMARTER BUSINESS !!!
Simply put, the issues around the consequences of REPEATED CONCUSSION-DEMENTIA-DEPRESSION-CTE-SUICIDE-ALZHEIMER’S-PARKINSONS, are not being addressed because the fear of Rugby Union potentially can be shut-down. I imagine the arguments presented in High Courts.
- Rugby Union for 140 years has been a major source for Health, Education, Social Connections, Business, Business, Business, and more Business. Wouldn’t it be criminal to bankrupt it because a group of players do not want to work t earn money?
- Your Honour, it is unthinkable that we may kill this wonderful generous sport?
- Your Honour, neither you nor World Rugby wishes to end up with blood in our hands, would you?
- Our TV, and Media enterprises employ thousands of contractors and staff, would we want to leave them and their families without jobs and sustenance?
- Our incredibly successful RWC events are exemplary run and are the source of fianancial support to more than 120 rugby playing nations?
NEVERTHELESS, IN 12 OR 24 MONTHS, AFTER SEVERAL MILLION POUNDS OR EUROS HAVE CHANGED HANDS (particularly Lawyers & Insurance professionals). WE WILL BE TALKING ON THE FOLLOWING TERMS…
WELL, YOUR HONOUR, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPRESS MYSELF ON LAYMAN’S TERMS. SHOULD YOU AND WORLD RUGBY, DO NOT TAKE HEED OF THESE GRAVE ISSUES, DECISIVE ACTION TO FIX THEM? – IF YOU FAIL TO STOP RUGBY FOR 12 MONTHS UNTIL THEY GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER – OVERHAUL THE LAWBOOK – CHANGE OR DUMP WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DISCARDED? – THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS OF SUFFERERS WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS NECK! – An aristocratic game as old as 140 years, seriously need a professional update by professional Lawmakers.
YOUR HONOUR, IF YOU FIND THIS OFFENSIVE OR OF BAD TASTE, MY APOLOGY IN ANTICIPATION – MY EDUCATION IN LIFE HAS BEEN HAMPERED BY MY FAMILY’S LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES.
YOUR HONOUR, I REMAIN YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT, SHOULD YOU WISH ME TO ASSIST WORLD RUGBY WITH AN EXTENSIVE LAW CHANGE? I WILL BE AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
I am 100% sure that the smaller nations, particularly the Pacific Islands, Spain, Italy, Romania, Brasil, Uruguay, Chile will benefit greatly. Nonetheless, with Argentina will happen the opposite due to the current politico-socio-economic situation, so hundreds of players literally will play in any country in Europe, S.Africa, NZ or Australia. This has already happened at the club level during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-2030.
Ok, back to reality 2021, in my not-so-modest opinion, finally someone may be able to challenge my incredibly unique achievement of being the only (dead or alive) Triple Rugby Union International.
With kindest regards and best wishes from Sydney, Australia – 25/11/2021
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
1971-1992 = Triple Rugby Union International | Captain of The Wallabies | Barbarian FC | Argentine Provinces Selection | National University of Cordoba RC and Zebre XV (Italian Barbarians)