not hard to create one.
All evidence would suggest its bloody hard to sustain one
I am wondering if the RA working group is still in close dialogue with Twiggy's team. I also wonder if twiggy might be persuaded to put some input into NRC to further use as trial concepts for WSR (at least for Spirit/WF home games perhaps)….anyhow imagine NRC pretty important this year to give WF some regular game time this year in preparation for WSR (whatever shape or form that looks like).Almost the end of June and still no fixture out for the NRC.
I assume this means that there is still no major sponsor.
Looking forward to the competition.
Expect Western Force will give the younger players some increased game time.
The NRC is a RA initiative.
Can't imagine that Andrew Forrest will provide any $$s when his focus is firmly set in setting up WSR in 2019.
I'm not sure where that they had any affiliations with ACT. They trained in Randwick, were made up mostly of Randwick, Uni and Easts, and played their games in regional areas, but not CanberraI have no real knowledge of how these teams were structured/managed/run - but from an outsiders perspective I had got the impression that NSW Country had at least as much affiliation with ACT as they did with the Tahs.
To me, that was perfect. ACT had two feeder teams & Waratahs had two - both based in Sydney.
I can understand the Tahs not wanting NSW Country to be aligned with the ACT, but it’s not like there was any restrictions on a super team offering a contract to someone outside their catchment if it aligned with their squad needs.
Ok - not sure why I had that impression. Clearly I was well off.I'm not sure where that they had any affiliations with ACT. They trained in Randwick, were made up mostly of Randwick, Uni and Easts, and played their games in regional areas, but not Canberra
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I think the competition from an Australian perspective is the right size for what's on offer currently. We need to solidify these teams to be successful in their own way. As for the competition growing going forward, once the Perth, Melbourne and Canberra competition can produce a starting team worth of required talent then we can look to expand, until then any expansion should come from Samoa or Tonga (with World Rugby backing). This seasons competition is all about raising the standard to another level
Wouldn't surprise me to see one of these teams included next year in the build up to the World Cup.
any expansion should come from Samoa or Tonga (with World Rugby backing). This seasons competition is all about raising the standard to another level
Wouldn't surprise me to see one of these teams included
Be good to see fiji in wsr to slow the drain to FranceI suppose Samoa or Tonga are possibilities, although the Samoan Rugby Union is not in good odour with World Rugby.
As far as the Fijians are concerned, the Drua will be largely fielding new faces this year out of their domestic comps. Interested to see how that goes but suspect they'll still do well.
Seruvakula has already begun the selection process for potential players.“There will be a lot of changes as a lot that have played last year have secured contracts overseas so their will be a lot of new faces,”he said.“Kunavula and Draunisinukula are confirmed from the sevens squad. Eroni Sau who made a name for himself during our debut last year has secured a two-year deal with France club Perpignan. Elusive Peceli Nacebe is also in France and it is our job as coaches to identify talents and make them better rugby players as it will benefit their families in the long run.“I will select players from the Skipper Cup Premiership, HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge Series and the Vodafone Vanua Championship. I’m opening the door for all.“The main thing that I will be looking at is the confidence of the players and their character to play at this level.”Wouldn't surprise to see one or more of these countries (Fiji included) involved in WSR as well. With the separate seasons it is of course possible to do both.