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Recent content by Omar Comin'

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    Rugby News from unexpected places

    It probably won't include Tonga as they will have a playoff match against Asia 1 (probably Hong Kong) for a direct spot in pool B. The loser will go to the final qualifying tournament. I'd be surprised if it doesn't come down to who wins between the Americas and European qualifier, but you never...
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    Rugby News from unexpected places

    I read this week that the average age of the Chilean squad is only 24, so they look set to keep improving over the next few years. USA will go in as favourites for Americas 2, but they're no sure thing. They beat Canada over 2 legs by 9 points while Chile just beat Canada over 2 legs by 8. And...
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    Rugby News from unexpected places

    Agreed, but I think 6 pools of 4 would be better with an additional knockout round of 16. It's not perfect as it's a little messy having 4 out of 6 third place getters make it through, but I see this as a better alternative than a longer pool phase. The weakest teams would only play 3 matches...
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    The Moana Pasifika Franchise

    I don't think there'd be much, if any time for a champions league, and I doubt there'd be much interest in it. I think a more interesting addition to the calendar would be a new international series between Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Australia A and the Maori All Blacks at the same time as the Rugby...
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    Broadcast options for Australian Rugby

    I generally agree. The only potential problem with Campo is that he's often a bit of a downer on the modern game. I think one problem with the Fox commentary team was that they'd sometimes be a bit too negative about the sport and the spectacle, as if watching the game through more of a rugby...
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    Wallabies 2021

    If it's the same structure as 2019 (Pool A plays B and Pool C plays D) then potentially England again! Or Argentina or Japan.
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    Wallabies 2021

    It's stupid. FIFA seem to manage just fine doing it a year or so before, not sure why rugby needs 3 years.
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    Wallabies 2021

    Bit boring that we have the same pool again, and Wales and Fiji 3 times in a row. It could even turn out to be exactly the same pool as 2019 if Georgia go through as Europe 1, which is likely, and Uruguay are the final playoff winner, which is very possible.
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Not if the policy is based on nationality rather than ethnicity, same as the Australian and NZ teams. The end result may be basically the same, because Samoa and Tonga are ethnically homogenous countries and in Fiji my understanding is that not many Indian-Fijians play rugby, but if there are...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I think there'd probably be a few ex-Wallabies/AB's, but I would be surprised if they don't commit to a significant majority of the squad being eligible for PI test teams. And possibly with more of a focus on Samoan and Tongan eligibility, as it's been reported there could be a separate Fijian team.
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    It wouldn't actually be based along racial lines though, just nationality. So anyone eligible for Fiji, Samoa or Tonga would be eligible for the Moana Pasifika team. That's really no different from Australian and NZ teams limiting the number of foreign players, Australia and NZ are just more...
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    Broadcast options for Australian Rugby

    They should just do something like the rugby ruckus, which is essentially both a live streamed show and a podcast. As Ben Kimber is working for Stan now maybe even that exact show (with a bit of extra production value) could be brought over. There's heaps of examples of this now. The new...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I think that would be a great format zer0 and I imagine RA would prefer it. I just doubt NZR will go for the divisional finals system given that with a combined ladder and finals system they'd probably expect more than 3 NZ teams to qualify most years, and that a lot of the time there'd be 2...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I think it would be better if it was the top Australian team vs the top NZ team. That would keep every game Trans-Tasman, and it would mean all the teams your side is competing against for a finals berth would have the same draw. But I can understand why NZR wouldn't go for this. If you had...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I was referring to a tie in with Japan when it comes to a champions league or some kind of mini cup tournament. Like the TT comp will be next year but expanded to include a couple of Japanese teams (and potentially South American teams).
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