The travelling circus is on the move

Man in the Stand, Yahoo! New Zealand Sport Updated July 10, 2012, 3:00 pm
The travelling circus is on the move

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It's now official.

The Sonny Bill Travelling Circus is moving on, yet again.

The hype, the hoopla, the boxing charades, the endless guessing games along with his rare and proven skills have been passed on to Japanese and, in all likelihood, Sydney contractors.

And apparently, if any team is to ever be graced with his presence here again, it seems that we must all be eternally grateful for his stint in Godzone and hope and pray that the lure of the 2015 World Cup will provide the motivation to see him return.

When I last wrote about SBDubya, I referred to the fact that all the talk about loyalty or the lack of it is largely irrelevant.

Loyalty and professionalism are like oil and water.

They simply don't mix.

Professional sport is no different than any other employment scenario in the world.

People change jobs for more money and / or get head-hunted and leave for more cash every minute of the day, somewhere out there.

That's why it's a waste of time casting aspersion on Sonny Bill or any other professional athlete for their decisions to stay or go.

But what is highly debateable and worthy of scrutiny is from purely a common sense perspective are the nonsensical one-year contracts that Sonny Bill's management insist on and get away with it.

I can totally understand why there is such a clamour for the man's signature.

He is an undoubted revenue generator and both crowd and television audience magnet.

But why buy into these year-long scenarios?

These deals are way too loaded to let any greed and indulgence of his management take precedence.

For instance, from the All Blacks' or Chiefs' viewpoints, just when Sonny Bill has grasped all the nuances and subtleties of playing rugby at an elite level, he's off.

It's like a temporary filling for your teeth.

Short-term gain but of no use whatsoever in the long-term.

And even though Sonny Bill Inc. may think that these fast turnaround contracts appear as the most effective cash-grabs, I reckon they will prove just as destructive for SBW and his misguided minders sooner than they think.

Because, surely, every serious bidder with half a brain in the near future is going to make the call that these one-year contracts are not worth the fuss.

And then to a large extent, the Sonny Bill Road Show will have to come to future bargaining tables with a more reasonable and realistic approach.

So let's hope that Steve Tew and the NZRU are far less likely to let the tail wag the dog next time around, if and when this gifted footy player indicates that he wants to return.

Your thoughts please.

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  1. Karen09:14am Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Those touting 'tall poppy syndrome,' to describe the feelings of Kiwi's re SBW should understand that in his case it doesn't apply. You have to have genuine merit to be resented enough to be struck down by the tall poppy axe.

  2. 02:47pm Wednesday 11th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    SBW should do what Jessie Rider did. Challenge the man in the stand.

  3. Pieman08:27pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Brad Thorn did it - back and forth to league then rugby and we all thought he was the greatest - whats the difference to SBW doing it ?

  4. Pieman08:18pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    thanks sbw loved watching you play, alot of green eyed envy going on in NZ - wonder how many of the envious would have not made the same decisions. His proffessionalism obviously paid off for the chiefs and by all accounts his team mates thought he was a good bloke. hope to see him back soon, and good luck to him.

  5. Craig07:26pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Did Ma'a start in all the "big" RWC2011 games? Thought so - reward for that - being "rested" against Ireland!!!

  6. Dennis07:13pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Good on sonny for making his choice The allblacks are not going pay his salary forever.

  7. Shane06:55pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd look in the mirror people wasnt even an average rugby player watch the replay of the chiefs v crusaders game he bombs the try gets held up and wots the first thing he does when he gets up yep pats his hair back into place y cause its all about him f--- off tosser

  8. Kelly06:39pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    hell i'm 53. Every week the skill and fitness of these rugby players blows me away, SBW is one of those at the top of the tree.Good luck to him I hope he comes back but I am afraid that we will never see what he is actually capable of.

  9. Jordan06:39pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well done kid...BIG pay days coming. I never rated you as high as the media and no doubt yourself, but good luck...all sportsmen are products peddling themselves in a business called 'Sport'. Noone bats an eyelid when soccer stars move for $50 million...but somehow you are a wa*ker for going for probably $2-3 million. I just don't get it.

  10. anitamarie06:34pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Wendy & Diane you seem to be the only 2 making sense god there is so much hate & jealousy out about tall poppy syndrome gone mad!! SBW does excell at everything he puts his mind to....we as league fans are looking forward to 2013 when he plays for the Roosters and we have enjoyed his rugby career as well as, I'm sure, he has. Good on him for being the best he can be at all he does...thats what we should all be doing!!....and yes it does help looking like he looks too...just saying..


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