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Tuesday’s Rugby News looks at Crowds for Super Rugby Aotearoa and star recruit Suliasi Vunivalu looks for certainty.


Crowds Allowed For Super Rugby Aoteoroa

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Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the first rugby comp in the world to allow crowds at matches in the post-COVID-19 world.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed there will be no limit on crowd numbers when the Highlanders play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday 13 June and the Blues host the Hurricanes at Eden Park the following day, Sunday 14 June.

The welcome news for rugby fans comes after the Government confirmed New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 at midnight tonight lifting all restrictions on mass gatherings including at stadiums.

NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said the Government announcement was fantastic news for rugby.

“It is a testament to all New Zealanders that we are in a position to lift restrictions on mass gatherings and it’s a massive boost for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa,” he said.

“We’re incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again. It’s going to be a very special and unique competition and it’s fitting that New Zealanders now have a chance to be part of it.”

 

Suliasi Vunivalu Looking For Reassurance.

 

Star Reds and Rugby Australia recruit Suliasi Vunivalu will seek reassurances from the bodies regarding his contract due to start next season. Suliasi is understandably nervous after rugby like everything else fell apart after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vunivalu said he’d had the blinkers on resuming playing with the Storm following the NRL competition shut down and hadn’t kept on top of rugby’s financial crisis.

“Some of the boys have been giving me a heads up on what’s been going but I haven’t really had a chat with my manager,” Vunivalu told AAP. “But I will be talking to him this weekend.”

Vunivalu said if his two-year contract was guaranteed he would happily return to the game he played as a junior both in Fiji and New Zealand before joining Melbourne in 2016.

Ex-Storm winger Marika Koroibete has enjoyed huge success since switching to rugby with Melbourne Rebels and the Wallabies, winning the John Eales Medal last year as the best Australian player.

“If my contract is still there then I’m happy to go on with it but if not then we’ll see where we go from there,” the 24-year-old said.

The winger said if the RA deal fell through his choice would be to stay in Melbourne.

“My kids and family are all here in Melbourne so this is where I want to stay,” Vunivalu said.

“I love the city and especially the club so if they still want me here then I’d want to stay.”

He obviously has no idea how good living in Queensland is.

  • Yowie

    He obviously has no idea how good living in Queensland is.

    FFS keep it down a bit Sully.

    We’ll be up to our ears in various Mexicans jumping Annastacia’s border wall if you keep that up.

    • There already here bitchin about daylight saving.

      • Andrew Luscombe

        Do you guys have daylight savings in the winter? Sounds about right.

        • Yowie

          I don’t know. I’m too distracted and hypothermic from the bitterly cold sub-20-degree daytime weather.

          I’ve had to find socks to wear with my thongs and everything.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Too late they are already here by the truck load. Hence why our states average IQ decreased.

      • Yowie

        It might be because the Qld version IQ test is used.

        For example, how is a New South Welsh person supposed to correctly answer “How many syllables are there in the word Toowoomba?”

        and

        “What is the highest station in life a racist & ignorant fish & chip shop owner from Ipswich can be reasonably expected to reach?”

        • Brisneyland Local

          Too many big words in the second question for a Qld’er to understand. ;-)

        • Yowie

          please explain
          I don’t like it

        • Brisneyland Local

          Zacharry

        • Yowie

          I don’t get the reference and it’s bugging me – can you please let me know what Zacharry refers to?

        • Brisneyland Local

          The man has Zachary’s disease!
          That is, his head looks Zachary like his arse!

        • Yowie

          ah, cheers.

    • Hoss

      I thought you mob had / were ‘building a wall’ to keep us out anyway. I’ve been social distancing from Banana Benders all my life anyway. You upset their sisters and automatically their wife was also mad…….

      • Yowie

        The border wall will save chasin’ fancy Sydney types out of town in our pickup trucks to the sound of banjo music and yee-haa’s

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Sully, great to see NZ back on track and hopefully it won’t be long before borders open as well. Be good if they could do a best of 3 between the top NZ and top Aus Super teams. Be friggen funny if it ended up being the Force.
    I think Vunivalu is right to question his contract and I hope it works out ok for him

    • Ed

      On your first point – what laws would those matches between the top NZ and AU Super teams play under? You would hope they are the laws that they would have to play in a test match.

      • Andrew Luscombe

        I vote for the 1846 rules:
        https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Laws_of_Football_as_played_at_Rugby_School_(1846)

        Any set of rules that opens with this paragraph is likely to lead to an interesting match:
        “The following book of Rules is to be regarded rather as a set of Decisions on certain disputed points in Football, than as containing all the Laws of the Game, which are too well known to render any explanation necessary to Rugbeians.”

        • Yowie

          That’s the equivalent of “We hold these truths to be self-evident,…” – nice little deflection from having to do the hard yards in the written materials.

          Looking at Law 6 (below) you look at how it was in the olden days compared to the way the modern game is played by the (until recently) No1 team in the world:-

          vi.
          A player being off his side is to consider himself as out of the game, and is not to touch the ball in any case whatever (either in or out of touch): or in any way to interrupt the play, and is or course incapable of holding the ball.

          EDIT:-

          Looks like slow play has been around for a while:-

          xxxii.
          All matches are drawn after 5 days or after 3 days if no goal has been kicked.

        • Reds Revival

          xxxii.
          All matches are drawn after 5 days or after 3 days if no goal has been kicked

          Were you reading rugby or cricket rules? Or Gaelic Football?

        • Yowie

          Cricket according to this film i think:-

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQvGpclvakA

        • Reds Revival

          Brilliant. He is great on “Would I Lie To You”.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        I’d prefer test match rules but would be happy for the unions to get together and agree on any changed

        • Ed

          They are the laws I would want.
          Are you a mix of excitement and possible disappointment with SR NZ about to kick-off? Excited as there will be live rugby but peeved that it may not be shown here in Oz?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          absofriggenlutely. I am so hoping we can get to see some but maybe YouTube after they’ve been uploaded will be our only option.

    • Yowie

      Be friggen funny if it ended up being the Force.

      I’m sure their supporters would be modest and restrained in victory with their online comments.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Hahahaha yeah because they have been so modest and restrained on every other topic. I’m not sure they’ll watch it mate. They all seem enamoured by GRR and think it’s the only solution

  • Reds Revival

    How weird will it be watching a game of rugby with crowds again? Can’t wait for the game to return in Australia, but more than happy to watch the Kiwi teams run around in the meantime.

    I think the female crowd numbers will go up at Suncorp next year if Vunivalu arrives. As the Rugby Report Card boys say – He’s a good looking rooster!

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