I can only comment on Australian Rules Football. There is a draft system where the lower you finish the higher in order of draft picks you get. So, if you finish last you get pick 1. Probably very different in International Rugby. But following my side Richmond who were a powerhouse in the late 60's, early 70's and early 80's then imploded through arrogance and a ruthless culture of sacking coaches and not paying top players well enough. 37 years until we won again in 2017. How they did it was build the club from Admin up first to ensure the club's future. CEO Ben Gale joined the club in 2010 and launched a fighting Tiger fund for supporters to contribute to so they could upgrade training facilities. This was the start. He also made the brash statement that we would win premierships and have 70,000 members in 10 years. We have 3 premierships and 100,000+ members (members pre-pay the club for the season's games or have it taken from an account weekly, that way more money goes directly to the club). They also then spent money on great support staff, recruitment, line coaches, development coaches, fitness, physio, psyc, ect. This set the framework to make the Tigers more of a destination club for good players and recruits. In 2017 they employed Neil Balme as director of football. He had success at other clubs who won premierships. He was also an ex Tigers player. They found the money and he went about changing the culture from negative to fun. It has changed the way AFL clubs now look at running a club by making everything enjoyable and a learning experience. It went from a team of individuals in 2016 worried about their spot in the team and playing for themselves and individual stats to a whole club attitude of rewarding the team things where players were willing to sacrifice their own game for the betterment of the team with positive reinforcement. Before a game Tigers players have a smile on their face. They have won the last 2 premierships all through honesty. The coach admitted he was doing it wrong in 2016 and the CEO and President backed him and re-signed him for 4 more years. Brave move. They moved on players that were on the back end of their careers and just going through the motions and kept the guys in their prime who were leaders. They also recruited wisely from other clubs by identifying players that would fit into the culture and the new game plan. The state government announced yesterday, in a grab for votes, that they will give Richmond $15.5 million to further improve their facilities, with the focus on inclusion, diversity and indigenous programs... as well as a training oval redevelopment to make it the size of the mighty MCG! Should only make the club stronger.
With rugby I guess you can take learnings from keeping good eggs and tossing a few stars in order to blood some new players but it's important to keep leadership on field. You can't just toss them all and start again. It's amazing what a culture change can do. The band aid just needs to be ripped off sometimes unfortunately.