I don't think it will be a big factor re what replaces SR. From a Wallabies perspective it would still be better to have as many players based.
Agreed, but we could allow say 2 of our teams to have a significant (or even unlimited) number of foreign players with an emphasis on Pacific.
All your points are valid but I think there's two major factors that would ensure the rugby version wouldn't be more like an exhibition match..
I think the gate could be >$2m considering corporate and premium seats, even with a crowd closer to 30k. And then you double it if you play 2.
It doesn't matter if no where else does it, in the two biggest rugby markets in Australia the RL SoO is the biggest annual sporting event. If a.
They're not origin teams or state rep teams and haven't been for ages. The Waratahs and Reds are essentially professional clubs or franchises.
The more I think about it the more I am supportive of a state of origin. We should build on existing rivalries, and the rivalry between NSW and QLD.
So Stephen Moore was on the Rugby Ruckus podcast and his solution (and I'm guessing the 10 captain's) is to make the Wallabies number 1 in the world.
I don't think this is the best option but if I had to bet on it I'd guess that RA will go back to 3 pro teams, merging the Rebels and the Brumbies,.
I think this would work best if we're only going to have 3 or 4 professional teams in some kind of revised Super Rugby competition and this was a.
I think the number of tiers is okay if the rep season is shorter. E.g. 16 ish weeks for a domestic comp with a couple of State of Origin games..
This is why it's always frustrated me when people have argued that we don't have enough good players to have 5 teams (or potentially more)..
These are all fair points, though I think soccer in France (and perhaps even more so in England, which has a similar model) is equivalent to NRL.
This is probably true if the primary goal is maximising the performance of the Wallabies, but that is only one potential goal for professional.
If you can manage a way to have 16 teams in the international tournament another option would be to make it a straight knockout with two tiers.
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