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Red ink underlines apathy

We read the reports with mounting unease. Despite the feverish efforts to reverse the trend, the numbers keep getting worse. As much as we tell ourselves to resist defeatism, we can’t help wondering: can this thing be stopped?

I am, of course, talking about the decline of New Zealand rugby. If the crisis engulfing our national game has escaped your awareness, you’re not paying attention to the news media that keeps sports department, for instance, seems engaged in a competition to see who can cry wolf the loudest.

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