Funnily - as a local game - its failing badly here. The local comps are battling soccer. We have the Super 15 or whatever - where we have 4 (?) main sides but RU has really lost ground in the local community.Everyone's a foreigner to me, SJ. Even you.
Seriously, though, the continued (if slow) growth of the sport internationally is good to see. You perhaps didn't get it so much in Australia, but believe me, when rugby union went (officially) professional, the TV and media here were full of talking heads predicting the swift demise of rugby league, which they thought would rapidly be subsumed into union. Well, for all we criticise our governing bodies, that didn't happen, and the game is broadly speaking in good health.