The Great Dane
TBF, RU in the Southern Hemisphere literally did start to seriously explore going pro in response to the SL war and fears that the amount of money in RL would eat into their player base and market if they didn't offer competitive contracts. If the SL war and growth of RL in AUS (and NZ to a lesser extent) doesn't happen then Super Rugby doesn't happen when it happened, and how it happened, and Southern Hemisphere RU doesn't go pro when it went pro.Yeh nzru turned pro because of the Warriors, it had nothing at all to do with the massive amount of money that flowed into their game from news ltd in 1995 That allowed union around the world to turn pro. You two have rocks in your head lol
Though the Northern Hemisphere were headed the same way on their own, and for similar reasons BTW, the Southern Hemisphere Unions going pro forced the Northern Hemisphere Unions to fast track the transition to (open) professionalism as well.
Lots of RU people will deny this out of pride, but it's recorded history, and there isn't really any denying that it's what happened.