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Now that secondary school rugby is winding up there's no need to fear....the National Provincial Championship and Heartland Championship are upon us. So don't worry if you can't work out how to get Spark coverage of Japan. Just get along to your local towns main park, buy a hotdog, put a bucket on your head, buy a beer, toast B.J Lochore and watch some good old fashioned Kiwi rugby.

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A smattering of name players turning out at the weekend inc Haveli, Squires, Naholo and SB, plus some upset results. A good start to the comp I reckon. 

So the crowds don't turn out to watch NPC rugby anymore....So what do the crowds turn out to watch and play? Rugby not the only sport to experience drop off.   Mid week Horse racing - no one attends; Auckland's NBL (Basketball) team - Gone, cause no one comes to watch; Golf - Playing numbers constantly dropping; Cricket - Who watches a Plunket Shield games? - no one. It's a constant theme, across all sports in New Zealand.

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Quite right. All those empty yellow seats. It looked awful. Interestingly, there would have been a larger crowd at the Hastings Boys High vs Palmerston North Boys High match played at the weekend, at a ground without a grandstand. 

The quality of rugby remains the same. It wasn't a bad game, except nobody wanted to be there. I wonder what SKY TV viewing figures are like for these games?

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