Somebody please… adjust these Administrators’ medication, ASAP

https://www.varsity.co.uk/sport/22024

SHAMELESS, FILIBUSTERIAN SPORTS’ ADMINISTRATOS, YET AGAIN COMING UP WITH INITIATIVES DOMINATED BY GREEDY. THE WORLD OF RUGBY LOST THE PLOT, WHICH USED TO HAVE BEFORE 1995!!!

RUGBY UNION, RUGBY LEAGUE, AUSTRALIAN RULES, SOCCER, ETC…. CERTAINLY, TAKE THE YOUNG TALENTED PLAYERS FROM THE GRASSROOTS (with million dollars contracts, yet no guarantees that they may become quadriplegic, concussed, depressed, etc etc. any time soon. THEREFORE, ATHLETES AND USED THEM UP LIKE NAPPIES. THE CASES OF CONCUSSION | DEMENTIA | DEPRESSION | PARKINSONS | ALZHEIMER’S and SUICIDE PROVE MY WORDS.

Not true?

OK, PROVE ME WRONG IF YOU CAN! – BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COMOENSATION AND LEGAL FEES WILL BE SPENT VERY SOON. ACTUALLY, I DON’T MIND WEALTH ‘RE-DISTRIBUTION’ AT ALL.

Two corporate Human Resources Management policies need to be acted upon sports. Players sign up for a paid job, hence the employers must provide a Superannuation Scheme (with health and wellbeing insurance, also preserved earnings for life after sports. Nobody can map out your future, where there exist a percentage of injury incidence depending on what type of injury or area affected!

Furthermore, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY also must be instituted to prevent the ‘nappy-like’ treatment and behaviour of administrators. Concisely, more responsibility is needed from both sides of the fence. Weak business means weak future for athletes! Strong business means strong future for athletes, and vice versa!

WORLD RUGBY 2021 – IS THE GLOBAL SPORT operating by 6 min. billing intervals? Or by 6-18 months creative streaks! No answers, but more questions for the top Dogs, and you also!

My son Enrique Ignacio Rodriguez, also known as Iggy, Nacho, Narz, etc. is and has been a GUN creative copywriter for top multi-national global advertising companies. My daughter a Top-Top Senior Graphic designer, equally part of big payrolls.

They know me enough, not 100% though. However, when they see me going into complex problem analysing and solving, they on the quiet remind me of the old universal ADVERTISING MANTRA! “Less is more”.

https://www.news24.com/sport/rugby/rugbychampionship/world-rugby-considers-staging-world-cup-every-2-years-orange-cards-report-20210914

Now, I wonder why is it that top rugby administrators from World Rugby, Australian Rugby, Argentine rugby, etc. most of the top-Dogs have cut their sharp teeth in top-top advertising world? Or

Are people who have graduated from the reputable Business Management Schools, adjacent to the even bigger and more reputable aristocratic establishment fed universities? Or

Former Bwankers also are the preferred choice of the GPS’ and other Private Schools supported Directors?

Now, following the mantra… “Less is more”, it is obvious that rugby union has made a true meal (top Dog’s breakfast for top Dogs) since 1995, when the payroll opened for players and coaches, and hangers on.

Nowadays, we get to see, at least 55.8% (just made it up) of the top Directors in Sport, and rugby union filled out with people than have not the faintest idea of What Rugby is about? The intricate nuances and philosophies behind a well rafted sport? So on and so forth.

So, what is my point here? Well, I am not completely sure, but I have been smelling for 26 long years that:

  1. Rugby continues complicating the solution to ‘structural’ problems by taking between 18-24 months of ‘Studies’ to produce a ‘Law trial’, and by the time that these new ‘interpretations’ are accepted, validated, stamped, and delivered? Another ten problems have surfaced up. NOT VERY EFFICIENT
  2. Managing the ‘Impressions’ and ‘Perceptions’ (these types have always been terrific at these two extracurricular ‘requirements’
  3. From the old IRB to WR of today, rugby union always has dragged its tail, with a ponderous approach to ‘change’, they continue addressing SYMPTOMS because… they are clueless about the origins, the true philosophy, and principles of the game
  4. Today 2021, we have the WR boffins, and the ‘thinkers’ of at least another 8 countries providing advice, recommendations, suggestions on the Laws and Hoe Rugby ought to be played. From starters, this avenue will be at best inconsistent, and at worst a hybrid with no spine (a snake that as soon it gets a chance will bite them
  5. We also have the generous contribution of TV, streaming and sponsors telling them HOW TO, WHEN TO, etc. etc. Wait there is more…
  6. The new Boyz and Girlz in the block, the successful Joint Venture Capitalists already telling them HOW MUCH (ROI) THEY WANT FOR THE ‘GENEROUS’ BACKING? – I gather healthy business with mega wealthy returns. And this solution will be ‘short and sweet’ because after five years they move to the next blood bank…
  7. Any French fries with that?

To the loyal supporters and following spectators… We are for grim years, obstinate and righteous businesspeople, in the corridors of power will make the game dwindle, it will become and elite sport with may be one SUPER SYDNEY RC in Sydney, playing with the SUPER LONDON RC and the SUPER WELLINGTON RC and SUPER JOHANNESBURG RC, in the majestic ALL NATIONS RUGGER BUGGER CHAMPIONSHIPS, backed by ESPN, Disney Corp, BBC, NEWS Ltd, Silver Lake, HSBC, etc. (Cadburys? or Heineken?). And we will go to meet with our mates at the Robby Dub-Dub for a few Wally Gooner’s – It will cost us a few Oxford Scholars, but life will be Hunky Dory, we will celebrate playing with Yanks, Kiwis, Saffas, Wogs, and Ruskies. Those of less endowed ethnicity and DNA, will be just as happy to participate by offering odds, taking bets, etc. cleaning out the bookies and punters. And the kids will have ‘custom-made’ video games where they will be able to select their own team attire colours, they may select the referee (or Umpire from the IPL). Even modify the Laws & Rules according to their sexual preferences and temperament. Rugby Union is and will be an open, fair, accommodating sport that really thinks globally encouraging global participation. C’est la vie Mon Amis. A bientot, Namaste!

TOPO

RUGBY UNION, un circo mutante? Un JUEGO, un SHOW o un NEGOCIO(?) Profeticamente lo describi en mis dos libros “The ART of Scrummaging” (1) Aug./2012. ISBN: 978-0-9872103-0-2 y (2) Sep./2015, ISBN: 978-1-78255-059-4

Publicado en Agosto 2012

RUGBY MUNDIAL = ES UN JUEGO? Un SHOW? – o – UN NEGOCIO? …. Nooooo, HOY ES NEGOCIO-NEGOCIO-SHOW-SHOW-JUEGO!!

Solo horas de aparecer esta columna de un gran periodista de La Nacion (Argentina), Sr Jorge Busico, explicando muy bien estos ‘enroques’ y ‘entuertos’ en el tablero de Rugb-Ajedrez Financiero Mundial, paso a hacer algunos agregados que probablemente Jorge no conoce.

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportes/rugby/world-12s-negocio-rugby-desnaturalizado-y-trato-desigual-nid09092021/

En la RWC 1995 organizada por Sud Africa, solo dias antes del comienzo de este prestigioso torneo de rugby union (1987 fue el primer RWC organizado por NZL y AUS). Entonces estamos hablando del tercer torneo despues de 12 anos de ‘comercializacion’ del rugby.

Que es o fue esto? Simplemente los negocios y los negociados fuera de los estadios y detras de las tribunas (Giras de rugby, ya sea jugadores, equipos, y seguidores, the supporters; derechos de TV, patrocinios, etc. se aceleraron y crecieron exponencialmente. Mientras tanto los jugadores eran exprimidos al maximo (sin pagos), entrenamientos mas intensos, mas largos y mas frecuentes, viajes, partidos y el resto.

El concepto de ‘Corporate Hospitality’ se adueno del rugby. Atencion = esto ya existia! Facil desde 1975 los Britanicos fueron los inventores y progenitores. En Twickenham y en el famosisimo Hong Kong 7’s (donde gran cantidad de companias multinacionales y profesionales, medicos, abogados, contadores (ajaaa, con todos o casi todos los gastos incidentales deducidos de sus impuestos). Aqui se congregaban a ‘despacharse’ una semanita de altas Reuniones de Ejecutivos y de Directorios, Rugby en el fin de semana (2 dias a full), carreras de caballos, casino en el hotel 5 estrellas, y EL RESTO. Un negocio billonario brillantisimo para ‘algunos elegidos’. La mafia Aristocratica Britanica de las grandes Escuelas Privadas y Grandes Universidades. Nada malo o ilegal en esto? No se…?? Ustedes tomaran sus conclusiones…

En 1983, vine con el Seleccionado Argentino a Australia, gran gira! – Recordaran el 18-3 en Ballymore, Brisbane (2 tries de scrum y conversiones de H. Porta). ACT nos mato 35-9 (por suerte no jugue ese partido). Viajamos desde la Magnetic Island, Townsville, Norte de Queensland con 35 grados a Canberra, en Julio = 2 o 3 grados! La mitad del equipo se enfermo, y ademas a la hora del partido nos dormimos. El que si estuvo muy despierto fue David Campese (19 anos) que nos pinto la cara con 3 tries. De alli en mas repuntamos e hicimos una gran gira ganandole a NSW, QLD y varios mas. Mi psicion como primera linea iternacional quedo cementada, loque ayudo muchisio a mi visita al ano siguiente.

Porque todas estas historias? Bueeee, mientras andabamos viajando de Norte a Sur, Este y Oeste un periodista muy conocido DAVID LORD (jugador de Cricket, comentarista de la cadena nacional ABC) se nos arrimo proponiendo/invitando a los Pumas a participar de un Campeonato Mundial de Equipos y Jugadores de Elite (todo pago) jugando en grandes estadios de New York, Londres, Paris, Cape Town, Sydney y Buenos Aires!!!

Por alguna razon, o razones la idea/proyecto no prospero (o al menos nosotros no tuvimos mas noticias). En 1984 bajo con mi familia en Sydney (una visita programada por 1 o 2 dos anos maximo para investigar posibilidades de futuro para mis hijos Victoria (8), Ignacio (3) y mi esposa Ines, y por supuesto para mi tambien. Una cosa llevo a la otra, y en 2 meses me invitan a jugar con NSW vs QLD, despues del partido en el tercer tiempo nombran el plantel de los Wallabies para una Gira a Fiji (Junio 84), fui el segundo nombrado de ese equipo. Ustedes ya conocen el resto, sino? le pueden preguntar a Dr Google.

SORPRESA, el concepto del World Rugby Circus aparece otra vez en el tapete, yo ya Wallaby. Pero… ahora es otra persona controlando las acciones de esta ‘movida’. Otro Grupo de Merchant Bankers, etc. moviendo los hilos. A fines de 1986, ya nosotros con la Bledisloe Cup en la ‘vitrina’… se comienza a hablar de cifras, fechas, ciudades, etc. pero nuevamente el ‘globo’ se desinflo.

En Abril 1986, se jugaron dos partidos Celebracion del Centenario de la IRB (en Cardiff Arms Park y Twickenham). El primero Hemisferio Sur vs British Lions; el segundo Seleccionado V Naciones vs Resto del Mundo, yo jugue en los dos, ganamos pasandolos por arriba. En esas epocas el Hemisferio Sur era netamente superior a cualquier equipo del Hemisferio Norte. La cancha? con 80.000 personas (acumularon algunos morlaco$$$$$ esos muchachos del Gin-Tonic, No? Eramos 8 Wallabies, 7 All blacks y 7 Springboks (Un equipazo entrenado por Sir Brian Lochore (NZL) y Bob Templeton (AUS) – ATENCION: Al dia siguiente del segundo partido en Londres, el grupo de los 7 All Black volo directamente A Johanesburg, donde se juntaron con otros que salieron de Auckland, ese fue el equipo llamado The Cavalliers que jugaron 4 test vs Springboks.

Seleccionado Argentino de rugby 1979 Estadio Ferro Carril Oeste FC

Ahora pasamos a 1984-1985, WORLD RUGBY CORPORATION (WRC) Chairman Ross Turnbull (ex-Vice Presidnete de ARU, y ex-delegado Australiano en la IRB) aparece en el centro cde las acciones, apoyado por un abogado local Chris Levy y con el apoyo financiero de un grupo financiero liderado por Consolidated Press Corporation, (Channel 9, y Mr Kerry Packer) el que transformo Cricket con su concepto de ‘World Series’. Y establecio la Estancia y Equipo de Polo “La Ellerstina” en Pilar Bs As Argentina.

Se estima que 95% de los mejores jugadores internacionales (a participar en la 1995 RWC), ya estaban contratados y comprometidos con WRC. No obstante, los muy celebrados Sud Africanos Ali Bacher (SA Cricket Captain y despues Chairman del SACB) y Louis Luyt Presidente del South African Rugby Board negociaron y ofrecieron todos los derechos televisivos del rugby del Hemisferio Sur a Rupert Murdoch (News Ltd, Fox Sports, etc.) por AUS$900.000.000. De aqui nacen el Tri-Nations y Super 12 competencias. Y el resto ya es publicamente conocido. No obstante entre las ‘bambalinas’ de este circo-teatro de rugby internacional, hubo 3 capitanes y 2 entrenadores que se cambiaron de bando, renegaron del contrato ya firmado con WRC, a… algun muy ‘incentivado’ premio ofrecido por la IRB y sus propias Uniones como SARU, NZRU y ARU para que se queden con la oficialia.

LA DEBACLE – Aqui es, (en mi no tan modesta opinion) donde el rugby avaro mutante paso a ser el NEGOCIO-NEGOCIO-SHOW-SHOW-SPORT que hoy tenemos. Siempre digo burdamente en conversaciones, “La virginidad solo se pierde una vez”.

El proyecto experimento de “Rugby Profesional” ha fallado abismalmente. Quizas si no hubiese existido tanta avaricia y egoismo? Quizas, rugby union hubiera podido desarrollarse sin desafectarse de sus ‘semilleros’ clubes, escuelas, etc. HOY, los Pladares, las Franquicias continuan asfixiando a los verdaderos protagonistas y progenitores del juego, que aman con locura ver, jugar o entrenar un partido de rugby. La familia del Rugby y sus valores eticos y morales. Particularmente en Argentina.

AMATEUR vs PROFESIONAL – Qusiera invitarlos a estudiar el verdadero significado de estas dos palabras/conceptos. No asi la acepcion coloquial!!

En un juego de contacto y fuerte, como rugby, football, rugby league, hockey y otros mas, LA ACTITUD y PREPARACION DEBEN SER PROFESIONAL (con pago, medio pago, o sin pago). Por otro lado un club o una escuela deben ser gerenciados profesionalmente como cualquier compania, sino? Se va a la bancarrota y ‘perinola’ TODOS PIERDEN.

AMATEUR, es aquel que agarra una guitarra por priera vez comienza a rascarla, o el que se sube a manejar un auto que nunca nadie le dijo com se hacia.

LAS FRANQUICIAS matan el concepto de ‘competencia’ y de ‘excelencia’, simplemente porque, un equipo (seleccionado) que ahora les llaman ‘clubs’? Que cuento Chino), salga primero o ultimo? Igual ya tiene garantizada la participaciion al ano siguiente!! (Ley sin castigo/consecuencias No es Ley).

Espero que hayan disfrutado de este TOPO EXPOSE!

Sydney 11/09/2021

La Amansadora – Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina

FASCINATING ‘SECRET TO NZ’s STYE OF PLAY…???

TRULY, A FASCINATING ‘SECRET TO NZ’s STYE OF PLAY…??? (is simply Not to credit the original sources…!) – ISBN: 978-1-78255-059-4 | Rugby-The ART of Scrummaging (2015). Pages 368-275.

[A prominent high executive from NZ Rugby (a professional of high reputation) received two books from me = The ART of Scrummaging I (Pub 2012) & II (Pub 2015) – just 6 months ago in March 2021.

IS THIS A MERE COINCIDENCE??? – The above-described book (II) has been in public circulation for the last 5 1/2 years!

Mmmmmmmmmm. Yep, a remarkably successful country indeed which should not resort to this type of (for lack of a better word) I’d call it obtaining information by deception. If I am wrong, please tell me… I’m all ears. Am willing to learn about this ‘secret-styles-tactics’.

Nevertheless, may I add, in my not-so-modest opinion, “insufficient success” finishing 3rd in the last 2019 RWC.

Self-published August 2012

FOLLOWING IS EXCERPTS OF THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY NZ’s rugbypass.com

“Following a reset scrum, the team feeding the ball will be given the option of an uncontested scrum, to quicken up the contest (provided that neither team’s infringement caused the reset) while in senior club rugby, scrums will be allowed to move only 1.5 metres forward before the feeding team is awarded a free kick. A full breakdown of the law variations can be found on the New Zealand Rugby website. Former All Blacks head coach Wayne Smith who contributed to the development of several of the EDSLVs, said NZR’s appetite to experiment with changes to improve the game and influence global thinking was really exciting. “The secret to New Zealand’s style of play has always been centred around innovation, imagination and flair. These law variations once again demonstrate New Zealand Rugby’s determination to be world-leading in their approach, while keeping player safety and appeal at the heart of the game. “As a coach, we know the safest way to play is also the most effective way, so introducing these law variations next year will be a great opportunity for our coaches at all levels to positively influence the safety of the game, and an enhanced rugby experience for our players.

WELL, DEAR FREINDS AND COLLEAGUES ONE SINGLE POSTING has showed me, one of the ways of HOW NEW ZEALAND RUGBY MAINTAINS ITS WINNING STYLE!

CLARIFICATION: In no way this article tries to defend the appalling Wallabies’ performances of the last seven years or so (Robbie Deans record 58%, 2014) Today the Wallabies are well and truly under 50% matches won) – https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/118437532/wallabies-woe-a-dire-decade-that-almost-broke-australian-rugby

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

(Sydney 10/09/2021)

Pro rugby players see their brain function deteriorate after just ONE season, study claims — and scientists warn tackles, not just concussions, are to blame (Daily Mail UK)

Dear Editor of the Daily Mail (UK)

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Sports Injury Prevention 2021


YES, yes, yes, I HAVE BEEN SAYING IT FOR VERY LONG TIME (in fact, for the last 26 years of professional rugby)A PRETTY HORRID SPORTING BUSINESS EXPERIMENT!

“Since 1995 Rugby union has been building big pockets and bank accounts, but in exchange it has been shrinking the brains of almost all involved with it”

Well, well, well, finally the ‘Sciences’ are starting to be listened to, some administrators will be proven right, other awfully wrong! – Lawyers and Insurance Companies will soon have a ‘field-day’ with claims and premiums going through the roof.

THE NOT-SO-POSITIVE OMEN FOR THOSE IN CHARGE (Sir Bill Beaumont & Cohort) = RUGBY UNION (WORLD RUGBY) AND ALL SPORTS VERY SOON WILL BE FORCED ‘BY LAW’ TO REVIEW THEIR LAWS AND COMMON PRACTICES OF THEIR INDISCIPLINED DISCIPLINE! AND… ADAPT TO THE TIMES WE ARE LIVING.

Let’s face it, speed and speeding ultimately kills people (some are blessed with escaping alive). And, it doesn’t matter what ‘movement’ or ‘activity’ you are involved with! – Others end up with Early onset of Dementia, Depression, Suicide or Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which might be the same or worse than those two degenerative brain diseases.

IN SUMMARY = An excellent article, well done in reporting these findings! – Finally, the ‘cookie jar’s lid has been opened and ‘the Genies’ are out to tell THE SAD TRUTH of rugby union, and all other sports who have been hiding the ‘consequences’ of the game. Athletes have been used up like nappies. Yet, TV, Agents, JV capitals and all the money-hungry aristocratic administrators with businesses associated with rugby (E.g. Hong Kong 7’s, and the whole global circus, RWC, Championships, etc.) The money-spinning world of Travel & Hospitality, sweetheart deals, etc. Some players make a lot of money, some become millionaires, but at what price? – It stinks!

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez (Triple rugby union International (1971-1992)

Wallaby and Barbarian FC Captain.

Founder and General Convener ISSF (iss-forum.net) Since 12/05/2020.

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