Three rugby matches broadcast on television one after the other last Saturday inspired plenty of ruminating on the future of the game in SA and the huge challenges that lie ahead. The first was the schools clash between Grey College and Paul Roos in Bloemfontein. There’s too much rugby on my plate to find the time to watch much schools rugby, but the quality of the game and the sheer entertainment value underlined why so many people keep telling me they’d rather watch schools than local professional games. That perception was backed up by what we saw in a tired and error-ridden Super Rugby game broadcast from Ellis Park an hour later. The Waratahs aren’t great shakes, but the home side really laboured to their win. The expression that best described the whole experience was “ho-hum”. As in it was all a bit ho-hum. What wasn’t ho-hum was the European final between Saracens and Leinster. What a game that was, and in a week where the round-ball game in England has been energised by th...

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