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The Moana Pasifika Franchise

The Moana Pasifika Franchise

  • Gone in 2 years

    Votes: 14 31.1%
  • Very Cool

    Votes: 5 11.1%
  • Why the FUCK does NZRFU have to bankroll this bullshit?

    Votes: 4 8.9%
  • Will get the dregs of The Auckland Blues

    Votes: 8 17.8%
  • may as well just call it "The Southern Kings"

    Votes: 4 8.9%
  • "Players will come back from million $ Toulon contracts to play for free in bumhole Papatoetoe"

    Votes: 9 20.0%
  • This team will kick arse

    Votes: 3 6.7%
  • Gone in 10 years

    Votes: 6 13.3%
  • Least NZ Rugby could do after years of harvesting islands for talent.....

    Votes: 22 48.9%
  • .....Straya not exactly innocent there.....

    Votes: 13 28.9%

  • Total voters
    45
"We want the best Pacific Island players"
"So..... you'll be based in the Pacific Islands?
"No, we'll be based in Auckland, New Zealand."
"And how will you pay these players?
"With money from New Zealand"
"So these players who are usually born in NZ and have lived in NZ all their lives can still play for the All Blacks?"
"No, that is poaching. We want them to play for Tonga, Samoa etc."
"And how will they get paid for doing that?"
"They won't."


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Sorry to steal your first message Dr W.F.T Blundershart III, but going to track the squad list here
:

Coaching Team:
Aaron Mauger - Head Coach

Hooker:
Ray Niuia
Luteru Tolai

Prop:
Sekope Kepu
Joe Apikotoa
Tau Koloamatangi
Ezekiel Lindenmuth
Isi Tu'ungafasi

Lock:
Mike McKee
Don Lolo
Veikoso Poloniati
Alex McRobbie

Backrow:
Sione Tu’ipulotu
Solomone Funaki
Lotu Inisi
Jack Lam
Henry Time-Stowers
Alamanda Motuga
Penitoa Finau
Samuel Slade

Scrumhalf:
Ereatara Enari
Jonathan Taumateine

Flyhalf:
Christian Lealiifano
Lincolm McClutchie

Centre:
Henry Taefu
Fine Inisi
Levi Auma
Danny Toala

Wing:
Neria Fomai (also centre)
Tomasi Alosio
Solomone Kata
Timoci Tavatavanawai
Anzelo Tuitavuki

Fullback:
Lolagi Visinia
Danny Toala (or centre)
 
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This is all getting a bit...... odd.

Up to 3 AB's? Without wanting to wade into a racial shitfight, what does MP do if some awesome non-PI wants to play for them?

"Sorry, brothers only".

Dragged up before the courts as discriminating against someone's rights to seek employment due to skin colour? OH SHIT.
 

Derpus

Rod McCall (65)

This is all getting a bit.. odd.

Up to 3 AB's? Without wanting to wade into a racial shitfight, what does MP do if some awesome non-PI wants to play for them?

"Sorry, brothers only".

Dragged up before the courts as discriminating against someone's rights to seek employment due to skin colour? OH SHIT.
Yeah dunno shit about NZ but in Aus that would be textbook racial discrimination by the employer.

They could always just cook up an excuse not to employ them though.

edit: Maybe they tie it to eligibility rather than race. So, to play for MP you must be eligible for Samoa? that's probably not discriminatory. That's how current SR sides operate.
 
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waiopehu oldboy

Jason Little (69)
To play for an existing NZ franchise you have to be either AB-eligible or qualify for one of up to three places per team available to players who are PI-eligible and/ or foreign-born but potentially AB-eligible by residency (e.g. Michael Alaalatoa). There's also a Marquee Player contract available (e.g. Pablo Matera & Blues legend Michael Collins ;)).

I don't see any reason why MP can't stipulate that "x minus three" contracts are reserved for potential Samoan or Tongan international players while holding up to three open for whomsoever they choose: you don't apply for a pro sports contract on TradeMe or Seek, it's offered to you because someone has seen you play & thinks you'd be an asset to the team & as such I think they're free to offer those contracts as they see fit.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Yep WOB I think perhaps it just a little discrimination in the minds of one or 2 posters that think to be eligible for Islands you have to look a bit brown?
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
I'm really unconvinced by the Moana Pasifika model, unfortunately.
I think they (and Drua) will struggle for a year or 2, and probably one of the things that will be hard for both teams is maybe the discrimination they will get from fans, even among a few of us in here we are getting comments about brown skin and perhaps white people can't lay for them etc. If they struggle (which I believe they will for a few years anyone remember Rebels and Force when they started), I strongly suspect the comments will come out about the Islander's ability to run things etc. I hope not, but...........
 

Bullrush

John Thornett (49)
I think they (and Drua) will struggle for a year or 2, and probably one of the things that will be hard for both teams is maybe the discrimination they will get from fans, even among a few of us in here we are getting comments about brown skin and perhaps white people can't lay for them etc. If they struggle (which I believe they will for a few years anyone remember Rebels and Force when they started), I strongly suspect the comments will come out about the Islander's ability to run things etc. I hope not, but.....
Look at the racist shit Pat Lam had to face just being a Samoan HC.

That one still hurts - I wish we could nab him back to the Blues.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Look at the racist shit Pat Lam had to face just being a Samoan HC.

That one still hurts - I wish we could nab him back to the Blues.
Yep it's a fact of life, whether we like it or not, a fair few people will find any difference to themself to point out someone else is wrong and so shouldn't or couldn't do things as well as they imagine it should be done. It's a sad fact of the world we live in and has been the same for as long as I been around, though hopefully slowly improving.
 

Adam84

Mark Loane (55)
Out of interest, anywhere to get a copy of the Moana Pasifika Governance structure?

Im wondering how many NZRU appointments are on the Moana Pasifika Board? How does this compare to the number of Tongan and Samoan rugby appointments, if any?
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
I not aware of any NZR appointments on MP board (but that not to say there not). I actually thought it was set up (with NZR help) by a group from Auckland (Iceman-BG etc) with conversations with Tonga and Samoa RUs. I see Toutai Kefu said he has been talking to Aaron Mauger for a while about Tongan players he suggests would be good for the team etc. Was pleased to hear that and assume the same with Samoan coaches is happening.
But like you I have never seen or really looked for governance structure for them.
 
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Rugbynutter39

Steve Williams (59)
"We want the best Pacific Island players"
"So... you'll be based in the Pacific Islands?
"No, we'll be based in Auckland, New Zealand."
"And how will you pay these players?
"With money from New Zealand"
"So these players who are usually born in NZ and have lived in NZ all their lives can still play for the All Blacks?"
"No, that is poaching. We want them to play for Tonga, Samoa etc."
"And how will they get paid for doing that?"
"They won't."


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Yep when someone works out how players residing in nz will choose to play for Tonga or Samoa for didly squat CD mega bucks (comparatively) playing for ABs.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Yep when someone works out how players residing in nz will choose to play for Tonga or Samoa for didly squat CD mega bucks (comparatively) playing for ABs.
That's all very well RN, but you do know that in last few WC's a good percentage of players for Samoa and Tonga did play in NZ didn't you?
 

Rugbynutter39

Steve Williams (59)
Yep when someone works out how players residing in nz will choose to play for Tonga or Samoa for didly squat CD mega bucks (comparatively) playing for ABs.
That's all very well RN, but you do know that in last few WC's a good percentage of players for Samoa and Tonga did play in NZ didn't you?
Aware but most I understand are players that would not otherwise make the ABS team eg 3AAAs brother Michael etc. so yes players who would not make ABs will of course play for Samoa and Tonga. So in a way nz benefit from those who could make ABs being eligible and those that don’t playing for Samoa and Tonga. The sceptic in me is this is as much providing benefit to nz and all blacks as much as Samoa and Tonga. But maybe this is of course better then nothing.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Aware but most I understand are players that would not otherwise make the ABS team eg 3AAAs brother Michael etc. so yes players who would not make ABs will of course play for Samoa and Tonga. So in a way nz benefit from those who could make ABs being eligible and those that don’t playing for Samoa and Tonga. The sceptic in me is this is as much providing benefit to nz and all blacks as much as Samoa and Tonga. But maybe this is of course better then nothing.
Of course silly me, of course NZR done all this work on MP and Drua just so they would get more ABs.
I forgot just how evil they are . :rolleyes:
 

waiopehu oldboy

Jason Little (69)
Of course silly me, of course NZR done all this work on MP and Drua just so they would get more ABs.
I forgot just how evil they are . :rolleyes:

What I find amusing is that for years now people on here have been saying NZR should put out more teams and/ or share their players with the RA teams to Level the playing field, but as soon as they add a team (technically two as I believe they also hold Drua's licence) it gets cast as a cunning plan to increase the AB selection base.
 
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