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Former Waratahs explains Rugby’s woes in Australia

Greg Harris has a simple explanation for Rugby’s current woes in Australia.

Harris, who used to be CEO of Rugby WA and the Western Force, CEO of the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) and CEO of the NSW Waratahs, told Macquarie Sports Radio Drive competing codes offered a more compelling travel schedule for its players.

“The issue with Rugby is when you come towards the end of your career, agents use you as leverage for the international player market,” he said.

“What would you rather play – AFL where you can sleep in your own bed 99 per cent of the time or Rugby, where you sleep in your own bed 10 per cent of the time.

“It might be more exciting to start with going to South Africa but as you get older, players think they might as well go to Europe and earn more money.

“It’s just so much easier to play in the northern hemisphere.”

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