Super Rugby AU 2021: Queensland Reds vs Brumbies, Australian rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Michael Cheika, Wallabies

When the world stopped 13 months ago and the borders slammed shut rugby almost returned to the Stone Age.

Rugby Australia chair Hamish McLennan admitted as much just last week, as the governing body revealed a $27.1 million deficit, when he spoke of the very real possibility the game would return to “amateur” when he started.

Had the Bledisloe series and Tri Nations not gone ahead, and RA not received a loan from World Rugby and HSBC to keep them afloat, the Moore Park doors may well have shut. They were genuine fears and discussed daily.

But if there was one good thing to come out of the pandemic it was that it allowed Australia to look in its own backyard.

Rather than travelling across the ditch and losing, as well as playing in the middle of the night in South Africa where most returned empty-handed too, Australia’s Super teams played one another.

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