Spot on.Ali's Choice wrote: ↑Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:15 amI'd actually argue that if it wasn't for the GPS schools, Rugby in Australia would be only a fraction of what it is today. It would be like lacrosse or American Football, played and enjoyed by only a tiny portion of the populace.kiwigreg369 wrote: ↑Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:08 am Well I’m now wondering it you and Ella went to the same school - like some kind of diversity selection.
By definition they’re all Public in the British sense, so all private/selective/fee paying schools.
And this group of schools is part of the root cause of problems in NSW and Australian rugby.
Didn’t pick that from you.
Don't get me wrong, the way the GPS schools monopolise elite junior rugby in NSW and QLD is problematic. But the GPS schools are also the greatest assets that RA will ever have.
It is a painful constraint, but 30 or so schools are pouring big money into developing talent. If you don’t get this development you’ll be up against it when you meet these kids in colts.
I went to a school like this and it’s better today as the schools seem far more willing to attract the guns with scholarships. Check out that RugbyPass shows to see the levels of the coaching. These kids are coached by former state and test players, who see this as a step in their coaching career. They play in front of thousands each week in a high quality comp where every team is strong.
It wasn’t clubs that churned out Lynagh, Horan, Little, Eales and co - I’d wager most of Australia’s greatest players developed their talents in the GPS and CAS systems.