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Where to for Twiggy Rugby?

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Rugbynutter39

Michael Lynagh (62)
Newcastle for me would be obvious long term expansion option for WSR as I am a novacastrian and they are football mad down their culture wise and with good footy would get behind it.
 

waiopehu oldboy

Nathan Sharpe (72)
A few pages back North Harbour were touted as a possible addition to WSR. I've scoured every site I can think of & followed links to others I never knew existed without coming across a single reference. Does anyone have a source for this rumour?
 

zer0

Ken Catchpole (46)
Not one. I've never heard, or read, it repeated from any NZ source. Only copypasta's from Australia into NZ sites. Seems unusual as something like that would normally come out somewhere -- even if just from the old 'anonymous sources' of Gregor Paul -- and it would likely create something of a puzzle in the Auckland rugby landscape.
 

Rebels3

Jim Lenehan (48)
Can't remember the tweet or fb post i read this morning, but Jodi Hodgson stated in her post that she is looking forward to next seasons home and away competition. Wonder if this a strong indication it is going ahead? Fingers crossed
 

waiopehu oldboy

Nathan Sharpe (72)
Not one. I've never heard, or read, it repeated from any NZ source. Only copypasta's from Australia into NZ sites. Seems unusual as something like that would normally come out somewhere -- even if just from the old 'anonymous sources' of Gregor Paul -- and it would likely create something of a puzzle in the Auckland rugby landscape.

I'd say it would fundamentally alter the landscape so even if it were just whispers in the proverbial smoke-filled rooms I'd expect Steve Tew to be in there kicking it to death before it can draw breath. The fact that no-one is talking about it, even on the more conspiratorial FB pages & TSF boards, makes me wonder htf it got started in the first place. I'm leaning towards it being a piss-take that someone somewhere took seriously.
 

Forcefield

Ken Catchpole (46)
Not one. I've never heard, or read, it repeated from any NZ source. Only copypasta's from Australia into NZ sites. Seems unusual as something like that would normally come out somewhere -- even if just from the old 'anonymous sources' of Gregor Paul -- and it would likely create something of a puzzle in the Auckland rugby landscape.

You'd think there would be an appetite for another team in Auckland. It must be hard work supporting the Blues.
 

zer0

Ken Catchpole (46)
It's true. We are loyal, hard working, salt of the earth types here in Auckland.

Unlike those bandwagoning Cantabs.
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
Yeah, one of the key things it is waiting on is Rugby Australia.

WSR is not intended to be a "rebel" league. The preference is that it should be an Aus domiciled competition, and if that is to be the case then Rugby Australia need to approve.

Rugby Australia don't really want to get on board while Super rugby is uncertain and some juice remains in it. The soup hasn't turned to dust yet, it's still mud!

So they want to delay past the post-2020 Sanzaar decision that's meant to be made in the next few months, according to Steve Tew.

The World Series Rugby teams being canvassed are not greenfield entities, they don't start from zero. But any 2019 WSR comp will start (if it starts) at a realistic playing standard. It will be below the current soup. A lot of rugby's general focus will be on the RWC next year, but 2020 will be where it begins to get interesting.
 

The Honey Badger

Jim Lenehan (48)
Yeah, one of the key things it is waiting on is Rugby Australia.


Rugby Australia don't really want to get on board while Super rugby is uncertain and some juice remains in it.

So they want to delay past the post-2020 Sanzaar decision that's meant to be made in the next few months, according to Steve Tew.

Are you saying they still might can it?

That surely can't happen.

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Strewthcobber

Mark Ella (57)
I imagine Rugby Australia will endorse any match that Twiggy wants to play on Australian soil. They have so far.
They may not endorse the eligibility of players that are contracted to the various non-Australian teams.
 

dru

John Eales (66)
Rugby Australia don't really want it, mate.

Not unless it's their last throw of the dice.

I think the Force will play on. Western Sydney? Not so much.

It would be a bloody big call for Rugby Australia to can a funded pro team in Western Sydney. Rugby Australia have a "Pandora's Box" here whichever way they turn. Cunning move by Forrest.
 

kiap

Andrew Slack (58)
I think they'd make it stick if they had to, dru.

It's only a proposed team with overseas PI input. Not fully a Sydney team.

"For rugby to survive we need to keep the Wallabies strong as an absolute priority and that means Rugby Australia contracts focusing on the Super Rugby heartland teams."​
You don't want an alternative 20 km down the road. Chuck in a player combination/team analysis from Darwin—Benny, not Charlie—to support a bailout/boost in funding to Qld and NSW and continued cash to all n Supe teams, where n = 4 (or if it turns to custard, n=3).

That's the Rugby Australia constituency. Keep those members paid up and the wheels rolling. At least for while.

There's no member votes in Western Sydney, bro.
 
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hoggy

Vay Wilson (31)
"For rugby to survive we need to keep the Wallabies strong as an absolute priority and that means Rugby Australia contracts focusing on the Super Rugby heartland teams."​
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Essentially it is that rigid thinking and narrow focus that will ultimately confine the code in Australia to forever remain a minor sport.
 
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