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WorkingClassRugger

David Codey (61)
Good to see that Germany (17-28 loss to Georgia) and Poland (8-20 loss to Romania) were both competitive as well. Seems like the tier 3 European countries are on the rise and that augurs well for the 24 team world cup.
Yeah some really big improvements all round. Last year Germany got belted 75-12 by Georgia so this result is a big turnaround. And Romania beat Poland 67-27. Good progress but we have to see if it's sustained.

I know WR (World Rugby) helps the likes of Chile and Uruguay with providing resources to run full time HP environments. They need to do something similar in Europe. Get these nations to contract the bulk of their domestic national teams. Expand on the Super Cup and I think we'll see some significant progress
 
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Omar Comin'

Chilla Wilson (44)
I know WR (World Rugby) (World Rugby) helps the likes of Chile and Uruguay with providing resources to run full time HP environments. They need to do something similar in Europe. Get these nations to contract the bulk of their domestic national teams. Expand on the Super Cup and I think we'll see some significant progress

Yeah that seems to be a pretty good model for getting teams up to a solid tier 2 level. It'd be interesting to see if the 6 nations unions become a little more open to expansion if a few more of these sides consistently get to say Georgia's level of the last 10 years or so (i.e. clearly at a level comparable to Italy). Especially if Germany were to get to this point.
 

Rebel man

Peter Johnson (47)
Yeah that seems to be a pretty good model for getting teams up to a solid tier 2 level. It'd be interesting to see if the 6 nations unions become a little more open to expansion if a few more of these sides consistently get to say Georgia's level of the last 10 years or so (i.e. clearly at a level comparable to Italy). Especially if Germany were to get to this point.
100% they would. If nations like Germany, Spain and Portugal could compete with Italy they would be open to expansion
 

Highlander35

Andrew Slack (58)
The commercial difference between a trip to Rome and a trip to Tblisi is 90%+ of the reason why the 6 Nations is a closed shop.

Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Germany are much more interesting for both your corporate types and being able to get cheap short haul flights.
 

WorkingClassRugger

David Codey (61)
Yeah that seems to be a pretty good model for getting teams up to a solid tier 2 level. It'd be interesting to see if the 6 nations unions become a little more open to expansion if a few more of these sides consistently get to say Georgia's level of the last 10 years or so (i.e. clearly at a level comparable to Italy). Especially if Germany were to get to this point.

From my perspective WR (World Rugby) should be really targeting Europe as it's biggest market. It makes sense to look to build the number of teams that can offer competitive games. Europe and the Americas are the two most important growth regions for the game in terms of competitiveness overall. Would be awesome to have a RWC where the majority of nations don't speak English as a first or second language.

I think something that could be done now and would help in generating the revenue in order to run such centralized programs would be to have the respective T1 Unions to run as many of the A programs as possible against these nations. Aus A, Moari ABs/NZ XV, Irish Wolfhounds, Saxons etc. Spain drew over 40k for a bunch of retired ABs a few years back. Around 20k for Argentina leading into the RWC. Games like that could be more regular if done right.
 

Rebel man

Peter Johnson (47)
From my perspective WR (World Rugby) (World Rugby) should be really targeting Europe as it's biggest market. It makes sense to look to build the number of teams that can offer competitive games. Europe and the Americas are the two most important growth regions for the game in terms of competitiveness overall. Would be awesome to have a RWC where the majority of nations don't speak English as a first or second language.

I think something that could be done now and would help in generating the revenue in order to run such centralized programs would be to have the respective T1 Unions to run as many of the A programs as possible against these nations. Aus A, Moari ABs/NZ XV, Irish Wolfhounds, Saxons etc. Spain drew over 40k for a bunch of retired ABs a few years back. Around 20k for Argentina leading into the RWC. Games like that could be more regular if done right.
If Aus is running Aus A to try and help out world rugby then world rugby better fund it or we will end up with A teams touring here.

But outside of that I love the idea.
 

Omar Comin'

Chilla Wilson (44)
From my perspective WR (World Rugby) (World Rugby) should be really targeting Europe as it's biggest market. It makes sense to look to build the number of teams that can offer competitive games. Europe and the Americas are the two most important growth regions for the game in terms of competitiveness overall. Would be awesome to have a RWC where the majority of nations don't speak English as a first or second language.

I think something that could be done now and would help in generating the revenue in order to run such centralized programs would be to have the respective T1 Unions to run as many of the A programs as possible against these nations. Aus A, Moari ABs/NZ XV, Irish Wolfhounds, Saxons etc. Spain drew over 40k for a bunch of retired ABs a few years back. Around 20k for Argentina leading into the RWC. Games like that could be more regular if done right.
That would be great, I'd love it if Australia A played half a dozen matches each year.

If the goal for World Rugby is to build the number of competitive teams, I'd think Africa would have a lot of potential. They'd be able to do a lot more with every $ there. You'd think it would be pretty achievable to build up the likes of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda to be much more competitive. I'd also target Morocco and Algeria given their populations, proximity to Europe and large diasporas in France.
 

Sir Arthur Higgins

Alan Cameron (40)
Aus A should be in a pac nations tourney against USA, Canada, Tonga, Samoa and Uruguay.
Can send NZ MĀORI anywhere and they will draw a crowd. Tours v Germany etc could be good
 
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