Tim Horan (67)
I reckon they have a blank slate re both branding and home ground.
I kind of agree with chib, I don't think it will help having a NZ team in there. Look much as we want it to be a success, it is a comp that will be played by team basically players that are not going to probably make Super teams , so I don't think it will have much interest in NZ,so better to concentrate your recourses in Asia/WA, and let it grow from there.
And I also hope that my comments don't come across as Anti-Kiwitic. On some of the Perth web-fora I've incurred the ire of local Perthwees who've slandered me saying I didn't want NZ because I hate New Zealanders and I'm afraid of losing "cos u'r shut!"
I'm looking at it from a long-term WA rugby perspective and also for the health of the competition, which doesn't need to have the best (or bist ) players in the world to be entertaining and competitive.
I agree with you Chib, look to aim for the Asian/WA market, without being rude ,you don't want best players, just all those teams to be capable of winning. the only drawback is you can only really sell the game to that market, but it is a place to start!
Question for your consideration.
If Twiggy forms a team in Western Sydney,
Assume he follows that with going to the Hunter / Newcastle, this would also bring the Central Coast below I have attached their links.
If the ACT union followed with its teams and players, Twiggy would have a player and club base from North of Newcastle to Canberra and all areas mostly bent over by RA.
The huge advantage of this is it is in areas with relatively strong player numbers, and transport between is by coach with no accommodation bills.
Links for Hunter / Newcastle & Central Coast
Finally pick a Shute Shield or get some SS teams from say the Northern Beaches / Districts and play out of North Sydney Oval and you have the foundation of a massive new competition.
Yeh I agree Chib I have concerns about NZ side being entered early on in WSR as we want uncertainty of outcome and if NZ side comes in laden with superstars that sees them too far ahead of the pack and dominating yet another competition it will hurt interest.
It would be like putting the Crusaders in the Top League and expecting that would create more interest by watching the Crusaders week in and week out thrash all the Japanese sides in Top League.
I certainly open to NZ side entering WSR but with right conditions / controls as don't want another Super Rugby fiasco where fans lose interest from complete dominance of all the NZ sides which is not helped by fact NZ players playing for other Super rugby sides outside of NZ can't be eligible for the All Blacks.
That is why I can see why Twiggy been fighting so hard to get Wallaby eligibility for oz player that plays for any WSR team and actually believe is right thing to do and better for oz interests long term.
The question is really about teams, though, not players
You don't need an NZ team to get NZ players - whether super stars or otherwise.
As the French well know, all that's needed to get some soup stars is pay enough marquee money
Indeed, and if they want to draw in Kiwi fans, how about the odd big-name All Black playing for the teams? Maybe that's an idea the Force should entertain?