I've always loved the 3rd Division in the NPC. Go look at a team such as Buller, the laughing stock of the entire competition. They can barely win a thing; if anyone's dead bottom of the entire three divisions of the NPC, there's a good chance it will be Buller. But I have to admire them, because the people who play for Buller play because they love rugby, they love Buller, and they love representing Buller in rugby. It's not about how much money is on the table; it's about passion. And that's what makes sport great. When you really care about the sport and the place you represent, the spirit of the game thrives. When you're just playing for money, it's greed. There is no place for greed in sport. I hope rugby union doesn't turn into the bloated, inordinately wealthy sport that football is in Europe, but it's a slippery slope and only a matter of time, I fear.
At least the All Blacks jersey still has some meaning. And for you Australians, the Wallabies jersey has no meaning. None. Except for 'shit'. (See, there's your regional passion!)