Supa Iberica de Rugby 2010

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    About a month or so ago I posted a thread regarding the Supa Iberica De Rugby and its inaugural season. Well, I thought I’d keep you updated on where things are at.

    The SIR was a championship created without the official sanction of the Federation Espana Rugby (FER), which it turn ensured the Portuguese Rugby Federation steered clear of the inaugural season.

    But that appears to have changed with the Portuguese Rugby Federation‘s President Didier De Agiuar initiating talks with SIR Chairman, Michael Robinson. With this development, the four Portuguese teams that were originally planned could come online next season, growing the Championship from six teams to a possible ten in a matter of a year.

    No word on the structure of the Championship if this was to occur.

    The SIR’s first season was played on a home and away basis, totaling around twelve weeks. The four Portuguese teams could significantly expand the SIR schedule and televised content. We should see some interesting developments in the coming months.

    Staying in Europe, the Ukrainian Rugby Federation is in the process of establishing its own Professional Rugby (RU) League. Details are hard to come by, as the translation from Russian to English is very sketchy.

    However, six teams have been confirmed.

    Confusingly, they have only noted five at the moment, with another two from Kiev to be confirmed in the current weeks. Thus far, the teams are Olympus (Kharkov), Credo-63 (Odessa), Sokol (Lviv), Dinamo Center (Tiraspol) and Olimp (Tiraspol).

    The sixth is expected to be a pseudo Moldavian National team.

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      August 4th 2009 @ 9:36am
      Rickety Knees said | August 4th 2009 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      Thanks WCR – I enjoy reading your contributions from the Rugby outposts of the world.

    • August 4th 2009 @ 11:44am
      Gladstone said | August 4th 2009 @ 11:44am | ! Report

      Good stuff Working – But what happens in the Moldavian contests if the ref only speaks Romanian?

      As I’m sure you know, the Romanian teams had wins over Wales, Scotland and came very close to the ABs and would have got closer but for the ref. But when the Soviets pulled out, they took their military with them and that was all she wrote for top-flight Romanian rugby.

      Re Portugal, I guess the big question is can they get a 15 together which will have as much success as their 7?

    • August 4th 2009 @ 2:59pm
      Working Class Rugger said | August 4th 2009 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

      That’s an interesting point in terms of the language barrier. Don’t know. Sure they will sort something out.

      Romania was at a time the lead candidate for promotion to the then 5 Nations tournament ahead of Italy up until the fall of communism. But they are coming back with the IRB investing rather heavily in the development. Georgia are set to become more competitve in the coming years. With their President releasing plans to build what he calls ‘Georgia’s City of Rugby’. They are in the planning process to build a Rugby facility spanning 30 hectares.

      Joining a professional league and gaining more experience for their players is the first step to elevating their 15’s to a higher competitive level. It has already begun paying off for Spain with a much improved performance in the recent Hannover 7’s, reaching the Semi-Finals. Give it 5 or so years and both nations will be far more competitve.

    • August 4th 2009 @ 3:05pm
      brad said | August 4th 2009 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

      The IRB should try to arrange exchange programmes. ie some of the younger players and coaches to swap with some of our uni students and coaches for a season. I remmeber when I was at Uni alot of young players would go to italy to play rugby and holiday. Portugal and spain seems like a nice enough place. They just need to be carefull not to flood the comp with foreigners though

    • August 4th 2009 @ 3:31pm
      Working Class Rugger said | August 4th 2009 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

      Brad

      Would be an interesting idea. Thoug I’d like to see the SIR used to improve both Spanish and Portugese players first. But down the track. With a little luck, the SIR could become another visable option for players to ply their trade.

    • August 4th 2009 @ 3:40pm
      brad said | August 4th 2009 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

      Basically they need “amateur” players from SA, NZ and Aus. IT would help in the way that returning league players accelerated proffesionalism in union in the UK. The last thing we need is the blind leading the blind doen in spain and portugal. Didi you know that back in the ameteur era the south african rugby union had apartnership with argentina to improve their coaching setups etc. Rugby is a complex sport and the IRB must hold these guys hands. But I say again the spanish and portuguese must apply their own brand in order to spice things up.

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