It’s not a bad way to ease the players back into it but it would be necessary for a couple of rep fixtures prior to the Bledisloe to see where everyone is at, could just be Probables v Possibles. Or just a 4 way round robin with the franchises, and select 2 teams after that. E.g A front row, B second row, A back row, B halves, A centres, B back row, and the reverse for the other side.I am hearing rumblings that the domestic pro comp not going ahead but rather will be club rugby instead from July - at least that is what seems to be inferred from some reports
Super Rugby Aotearoa announced. 5 NZ Super teams playing H&A over 10 weeks. All games at closed stadiums. Start date TBA but will be 3 to 4 weeks after NZ moves to Alert Level 2 (expected Monday).
Slight correction: Cabinet may announce we're going to Level 2 on Monday but there will be at least a 48-hour lead time & listening to the idiot Jacinda (see Covid-19 Stuff thread to see what I mean by that) it might be more a case of Level 2.5-4-3-2-1-0 as industries and/ or regions are brought back sequentially rather than all in one hit. Sport will be mid-range in that scenario I'd think.
And Australia is playing boardroom musical chairs instead of organising our Aus only mini comp for this year.
There is bugger all Covid-19 in Samoa/Fiji and also plenty of players with island heritage now stuck in Aus since the overseas comps are shut down (like Samu Kerevi and Ben Teo) so it would be great to somehow pull together a 6th "Pacific Allstars" team for our Aussie comp and get on with it.
Ask World Rugby for a few $$ to get the Pacific team together and whack them up in Townsville since that city is also Covid free now. Maybe put the whole comp up there in the one spot but there'd be a bit of time of work that out if nothing can startagain until July.
Draw something like this:
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