Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by ForceFan, Sep 4, 2018.
So what are the chances of some sort of hybrid competition during this enforced interregnum?
Presumably travel and attendance bans will affect GRR pretty significantly. If we are limited to Australian based teams only, maybe (blue sky thinking, admittedly) we could have something cobbled together which involved the Force and the four Soup teams, plus Soup Bs?
I wonder if the South China Tigers are returning home given recent developments in NZ
^Lions or Tigers, andrewM?
Tigers were down to play next in Suva, Lions in KL, Force in Apia.
Yeah. Well with the new isolation protocols just announced which mimic NZs we can safely assume GRR is likely set for the same fate as SR at this point.
Still, you haven't answered the question (mine or his).
What are you on about now?
Are the South China Tigers returning home now or not?
How am I supposed to know? All I can assume is that if they leave the country they'll have to self isolate if they return. Which will make continuing the season difficult. Which is a pity as I enjoyed what I got to see last night.
LOL, well, don't answer then!
It's reasonable to summise that with the fresh restrictions that it makes continuing travel in GRR will be almost impossible in terms of maintaining a coherent schedule. Just because it's not what many of us wish to be the case doesn't make suggesting it less legitimate.
Hopefully, Forrest is willing to accommodate the teams for the duration and ply the season out even if it's in front of empty stadium. Hell, I hope RA and Forrest are able to overcome their divide and we see a combined comp. could even play a bunch of triple headers etc.
And yet you're still waffling, mate.
Based on your own (admittedly, deep and truly authoritative) internal wisdom.
Global Rapid Rugby set to cancel season
Global Rapid Rugby was three years in the making but its inaugural season is set to be over after just one day.
About 2000 diehard fans turned out to watch the Western Force post a 51-14 win over Malaysia Valke in their GRR debut at HBF Park on Saturday night.
But the spread of the coronavirus is set to force GRR to either cancel or postpone the rest of the 2020 season.
Andrew Forrest's new competition has teams based in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, and Hong Kong.
With travel restrictions growing tougher by the day, GRR organisers will have no choice but to end the 2020 season after just one round.
An official decision is set to be made on either Sunday or Monday.
"You've got to put it into context - this is a once-in-a-century thing," GRR chief executive Mark Evans said.
"These are extra ordinary times.
"I just looked at Italy's death rate . this (GRR) is a game of footy."
The cancellation of sport around the world is going to put individual clubs and sporting organisations under huge financial pressure.
Some may not be able to stay afloat.
But GRR has one massive advantage - a billionaire mining magnate in its corner.
Forrest pledged his allegiance to the Force when they were cut from Super Rugby in 2017 and he's stated numerous times that he will back GRR for the long haul.
Force coach Tim Sampson said it would be sad if GRR's inaugural season had to be cancelled after just one round but he understood the situation.
Sampson believes GRR will have a bright future once the coronavirus crisis is over.
"It's grown year to year, the level of play has grown, the standard has grown, the commercial interest globally - it's been recognised," he said.
"It's going ahead in leaps and bounds, and we're just thankful to be part of it."
Surely RA & GRR cut a deal so that there's some form of pro-rugby to offer Foxtel, sponsors, punters etc in lieu of SR.
Might be a lifeline for NRC?
shit. It means we get another couple of months of Nick Taylor articles this time next year about the launch of the inaugral year of GRR
There's always next year, Reg.
Surely the Waratahs famous 3-year plan … going on into its 18th year … hasn't been forgotten already.
BTW, it might be time to reprise that one. Think of all those pre-season trophies.
There is teams ready to go - and easy option to fill the void - it would seem crazy not to have plan b that is ready on offer given both GRR and SR canned..
The Soup franchises have a bit more visibility and tradition. Add the Brumby Runners, and the other Soup B sides. Plus the Force of course.
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