In the short term and for the Warriors I agree, but for the game and longer term we need pathways to have as many players as possible at the lower levels being developed to a high level. It grows the game.
Especially in NZ where some kids develop earlier physically an dominate but plateau. Some of the later developers may have a higher ceiling but could potentially be lost to the game with a narrower short term focus.
I think the game is dieing or changing at the very least
We will probably see less kids playing .. So it's just a matter of developing what we got .
League never cleaned up it's local image so it's seen as a thug sport thug culture
An it isn't really accepted in schools an the local sponsorship is non existent.
If you look in the local news papers you see rugby an netball rowing etc junior local teams
Each kid with a sponsored by this shop or building supplies company or such .
League has never made the most of that .an a lot of it is image public perception
The other part is leagues management old senior players not marketing executives .
It needs to be gutted an to start again . probably to late now ..We will numbers rise an fall
If the warriors or kiwis do well .But the base is dead and dying due to its lack of vision.
The same lack of vision that lets hard working smarter smaller player fall through the cracks
An continues to put all it's resources into the early developes .
I remember a former all black coach in an interview on developing an under 85 kg senior
Comp in union .Sure they won't be all blacks but they will be coaches managers an sponsor s an we are trying to attract business men to be involved in the game .was his line of thinking ..