Tuesday, March 30, 2010
When does a game become a career?
A cartoon that reflects the changing status of/attitude to rugby in New Zealand. Once a game, it is now a career — and a very lucrative one at that.
On March 24, 2010, TVNZ reported:
Carl Hayman is making no apologies for turning his back on the All Blacks to play for French Top14 club Toulon.
With his contract rumoured to be in excess of $1.2 million a season, Hayman said he has moved on from the national side.
Speaking on Sky Sport's Northern Exposure, Hayman said the time has come to be a bit selfish, whereas everything used to be about the All Blacks and his province.
He said while the World Cup was an attraction, the last one didn't exactly go too well.
The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of March 23, 2010.