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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

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
I'm thinking on a slightly broader timescale than the immediate future.

You know, when young players are coming through and making decisions etc.

MP have even less chance of being competitive on a short time scale than they do a medium one.
Fair enough, I know I tend to be a glass half full man, and look at why I think things will work, others perhaps look at why they won't.
Just a differnce in philosophies is all.
 

Adam84

Mark Loane (55)
Why things aren't working is important to acknowledge when you have decades of decline..
Thats my philosophy.
 

Derpus

Rod McCall (65)
Fair enough, I know I tend to be a glass half full man, and look at why I think things will work, others perhaps look at why they won't.
Just a differnce in philosophies is all.
That's fair enough and pretty easy from an NZ perspective.

From our perspective fuck all is working so its a little harder to be positive.
 

Wilson

Jim Lenehan (48)
I regards to the US & Japanese involvement if think it is more likely in the form of a Champions league type set up involving MLR & Top League, potentially down the track also SLAR.
That's the only way I really want to see it anytime soon. Anything else just starts to walk down the same path that was dragging super rugby down previously.
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
I regards to the US & Japanese involvement if think it is more likely in the form of a Champions league type set up involving MLR & Top League, potentially down the track also SLAR.
Indeed.
  • Japan don't need to be playing regular season soup. They're running their own show.
  • US and Sudamerica is too far away for soup - same reason Robinson told the saffas and hags to nick orf.
A short format (e.g. Champions League) is the only realistic option (which been said in this place for nigh on 5 years).

So, separate regions with separate comps.

Australia can have its own comp.
 

Omar Comin'

Chilla Wilson (44)
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 Championship. Japan could be included too, but I'd prefer if they were added to the Rugby Championship itself.

With the Drua and MP in Super Rugby (and the Japanese and MLR seasons aligned on the calendar) the island nations should be able to field decent teams during this window, even if they didn't have access to most of their European pros.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
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 Championship. Japan could be included too, but I'd prefer if they were added to the Rugby Championship itself.

With the Drua and MP in Super Rugby (and the Japanese and MLR seasons aligned on the calendar) the island nations should be able to field decent teams during this window, even if they didn't have access to most of their European pros.
Like that a lot Omar,would make so much sense, and I believe if USA and Canada were added even better!
 

Bullrush

John Thornett (49)
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Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Would be good preparation for Fiji and Japan joining the Rugby championship and could then serve as a 2nd tier, potentially with promotion/relegation down the track.
Yep I like that idea so much Wilson, almost a dream scenario, a RC and Pacific cup with promotion relegation would be so bloody good, create a whole new level of interest in the game.
 
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Wilson

Jim Lenehan (48)
Moana Pasifika locked into Mt Smart Stadium for 7 years (2022-2028 inclusive):


Mt Smart makes sense given the absence of the Warriors and a proper stadium deal will offer some stability, but 7 years is a bloody long time for a team that should eventually be based out of Samoa/Tonga. Hopefully the contract only locks up a fraction of their home games going forward and they can take an increasing number of games to the islands as things settle down.
 

Adam84

Mark Loane (55)
Moana Pasifika locked into Mt Smart Stadium for 7 years (2022-2028 inclusive):


Mt Smart makes sense given the absence of the Warriors and a proper stadium deal will offer some stability, but 7 years is a bloody long time for a team that should eventually be based out of Samoa/Tonga. Hopefully the contract only locks up a fraction of their home games going forward and they can take an increasing number of games to the islands as things settle down.

Yeah agreed Mt Smart makes sense but it seems like a long time for a team supposed to represent the Pasifika. I hope they haven‘t contracted 100% of the games over the next 7 years, they should have at least aimed to take a few matches to Samoa and Tonga each year from 2023.
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
they should have at least aimed to take a few matches to Samoa and Tonga each year from 2023.
That'll happen but I also don't think MP will ever be 100% based in the islands. Putting it bluntly, they're an NZ-backed team.

Drua, on the other hand, have a better chance of doing so post-COVID.
 

dru

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
That'll happen but I also don't think MP will ever be 100% based in the islands. Putting it bluntly, they're an NZ-backed team.

Drua, on the other hand, have a better chance of doing so post-COVID.
Apparently Fiji now has a higher tax rate than Australia.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
That'll happen but I also don't think MP will ever be 100% based in the islands. Putting it bluntly, they're an NZ-backed team.

Drua, on the other hand, have a better chance of doing so post-COVID.
MP omly need Samoa or Tonga to get a decent stadium to be based there. It will happen, might take sometime, but don't try and just rubbish it because it based in NZ to start with.
 

dru

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Tax or Vax?

Higher tax rate would discourage players from returning home...

Thanks Bandar - one of those bloody auto-correct things that I missed. Fiji has a higher vaccination rate than Australia based on an ABC Tax-Stats review I watched yesterday. It's pretty important if correct as previously we had been told that Fiji was in trouble.

Wrong thread as it turns out, soz.

Haha, Edit! not Tax-stats, Vax-stats
 
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Bandar

Tom Lawton (22)
Thanks Bandar - one of those bloody auto-correct things that I missed. Fiji has a higher vaccination rate than Australia based on an ABC Tax-Stats review I watched yesterday. It's pretty important if correct as previously we had been told that Fiji was in trouble.

Wrong thread as it turns out, soz.
All good, not relating to MP at all but I believe the Fijian government mandated vaccination for all their (government) workers then upgraded to say you can not hold any job (public or private sector) if not vaccinated.

Looks like it had the desired effect.
 

Dan54

Michael Lynagh (62)
Aaron Mauger set to be confirmed as coach

Geez I thought he was already confirmed, Toutai Kefu said a moth or so ago on TV he and Mauger has been going through players that he would like to see getting super games.
 
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