Leo Shanahan joins Jimmy Smith on SEN to chat Rugby Union and NRL’s 18th Team

Last week, on SEN’s Jimmy Smith show, Freshwater Strategy Director, Leo Shanahan, discussed the magnitude of the task facing Australian Rugby Union, referencing insights from Freshwater’s State of Rugby Union: 2024 Report. Specifically, Leo spoke on how a clear majority of fans would rather Rugby Australia prioritise growing the grassroots game over recruiting talent from other codes.

Switching gears to NRL, Leo considered Perth a sound option as part of the expansion, given the city’s passionate sports fanbase, advantageous time zone, and potential for a rapid influx of sponsorship and top-tier talent.

Listen to the full interview below.

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