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Global Rapid Rugby

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by ForceFan, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Kpc Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Great news from Russia. Putin supported the holding of the World Cup 2027 in Russia. This means that rugby funding will grow even more. In the rugby community, there has already been talk of repeating the Japanese path to create a top-10 national team in 8 years. This means that there will be naturalization and participation of the best Russian clubs in international leagues of level 1. Given the geographical location. For Moscow, the ideal version of the PRO14. And for Krasnoyarsk clubs this is Rapid Rugby.
    https://tass.com/sport/1082575
  2. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    Won't happen. RWC in Russia in 2027 would mean four consecutive tournaments in the NH. Even our British friends won't allow that.
  3. Show-n-go Billy Sheehan (19)

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    No chance of winning it over Australia period
  4. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    I sincerely hope that the Krasnoyarsk teams are able to find their niche where they can play against quality opposition more regularly.

    However, I think that they may have to wait for future growth of GRR when it may have a Northern Conference.
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  5. kiap Paul McLean (56)

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    Rumour, hearsay, possible non-news

    No problemo

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  6. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    I hope that this proves to be accurate.

    Now that would be exciting after the links established between Malaysia and Eastern Gauteng Valke/Falcons.

    What a great growth and development opportunity for the Asia region to build upon the publicity of the RWC in Japan by having teams linked with the Currie Cup and ITM Cup players.

    Fantastic pathways for up-and-coming players to get tested regularly in an international competition.
  7. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    Hopefully no-one at BoP has any opinions on Hong Kong
  8. kiap Paul McLean (56)

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    They are not descended from fearful men
  9. Kpc Allen Oxlade (6)

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    In which city of China will they be based? Does this mean that the creation of the Northern Conference will be necessary?
  10. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Western Force betrayal won’t be forgotten, says new Global Rapid Rugby chief Mark Evans
    Nick Taylor - The West Australian - Saturday, 26 October 2019


    New Global Rapid Rugby chief executive Mark Evans says the sense of betrayal at Western Force's controversial axing from Super Rugby should never be forgotten. Evans has only been in the role two weeks but said he already understood the depth of feeling around Rugby Australia’s decision.
    "I totally get it, totally understand the feeling of betrayal and abandonment," he said.
    "That cannot be and should not be swept away with the attitude of ‘come on, get over it'.
    "I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect people to shrug their shoulders and say ‘oh well".
    "They should be aggrieved. I’m sure that if I’d been here at the time I would have felt that very strongly as well."

    Evans, whose his job is to lead GRR expansion and maintain professional rugby in WA, played hooker for UK heavyweight Saracens, became the club's director of rugby and then chief executive of English premier club Harlequins.
    He was appointed chief executive of NRL’s Melbourne Storm after the salary cap scandal and has worked with European Rugby, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and English Superleague netball.

    "Perth is a city with a fair bit of rugby in its sporting culture. Do I think there is enough space in the sporting market for a high level rugby union team? Yeah I do," he said.
    "The job now is to maintain a high level of rugby and make sure that it’s still here, in whatever competition or structure, in 10-20 years time."

    An announcement confirming next season’s six-team GRR competition, bankrolled by mining magnate Andrew Forrest, will be made in the next few weeks with the Force to face teams from NZ, Fiji, Samoa, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

    Evans said rugby was at a tipping point globally but GRR would not be influenced by Super Rugby amid concern about its future.
    "Anybody who really claims they know where this going, I don’t think is paying attention," he said.
    "There is so much happening, it is so fluid, there are so many things that could alter the whole dynamic".
    "You’ve just got to concentrate on what you are trying to build and at the same time be aware of, and open to, opportunities".
    "Perth is a really interesting part of the world to be in. Rapid Rugby is a really interesting part of the rugby jigsaw. That’s really why I’m here".

    "I’m well aware of the challenges Australian rugby has but you have to be careful you don’t get blindsided by your own domestic issues".
    "..(Super Rugby) will do what they are going to do. Who knows how that is going to shake out".
    "In the short run the important thing for Rapid Rugby is to get a competition up and running".

    "After that .do you expand, do you take it to another couple of cities, do you engage in another different market, does it morph into something else?"
    "You are here to build a competition in a non-traditional rugby regions".
    “That’s where we think the long term growth is, because of the demographic, the population size, the way the global economy is going – all the big picture stuff".
    "At the same time you have to be nimble enough to keep abreast of all the other developments, to see whether there might be opportunities".
    "You have got to be mindful and keep abreast of all the other development in the region and at the same time execute as well as you can on the short term".
    "My role is to do both of those things, to make sure you don’t close off your options."

    Sounds like Mark Evans is finding his feet.
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  11. Rugbynutter39 Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Hmm no mention of team from Singapore but instead team from nz
  12. WorkingClassRugger Mark Ella (57)

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    Apparently the AP Dragons and the Singapore RU have parted ways
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  13. Rugbynutter39 Peter Sullivan (51)

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    NZ team for my mind better proposition for next years tournament as otherwise too much risk to me as Singapore would be hard market to grow the game in and be commercially successful. I am not unhappy with AP dragons no longer kicking off in next years comp. They can be considered in future seasons.
  14. WorkingClassRugger Mark Ella (57)

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    There's been some mention of Taiwan being a possible location in the future. I wonder if that could be where the Dragons might pop up in the future.
  15. Adam84 Colin Windon (37)

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    Unless they want to rule out any future expansion into China, they wont have a team in Taiwan.
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  16. Kpc Allen Oxlade (6)

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    In Russia, pressure from Moscow lobbyists on Krasnoyarsk clubs is growing. They accepted the switch to the European calendar. That is, in the summer they will no longer play rugby. This means a slow death for the Krasnoyarsk rugby. They are driven into the winter.
    I really hope that the Krasnoyarsk clubs will come to real negotiations with the GRR. This is their lifeline. The situation is very similar with squeezing Western Force from Super Rugby.
  17. formerflanker Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Didn't they learn from the mistakes of Napoleon and Hitler?
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  18. Kpc Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Unfortunately, many Muscovites lost their Russian mentality. They became Westerners. At the same time, everything is thoughtlessly copied from the West, not taking into account the realities of Russia. Even such as the climate.
  19. Rugbynutter39 Peter Sullivan (51)

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    yes that makes no sense for rugby to be played in a russian winter..
  20. Kpc Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Enisei-STM announced the roster for his last European Challenge Cup. 56 players. Of these, 15 are newcomers.
    https://www.epcrugby.com/club/enisei-stm/#players
    Three groups newcomers:
    1. Russians (Davudov, Nepeyvoda and Tagir Gadzhiev from Kuban, Vavilin from Slava, German Davydov from VVA).
    2. Foreigners from Russian clubs (Eden-Whaitiri from Kuban, Sutidze from Slava, Sukhashvili from Metallurg, Eksteen from VVA).
    3. Foreigners from other championships (Apoua from Southland, Brown from Zebre, Douwrie from Blue Bulls, Marais from Pumas, Westhuizen and Björn Basson from Griguas).
    Of the 56 players, 9 played at the 2019 World Cup for Russia and Georgia. 3 players have experience in Super Rugby. And Björn Basson, the Bulls star, played for South Africa.

    Therefore, in terms of composition and finances, one should not worry about Krasnoyarsk clubs. These are clubs with stories and traditions. With big ambitions. If they play in GRR, then they will take participation in the league as seriously as possible.
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