The four-year cycle that undermines the Rugby World Cup

I was beginning to think that all Roar posters had lost the plot before I read your post. Conspiracy theory in seeding is based on the top 4 forming the 4 pools. Easy solution for the SH, just don't finish in the top 4 in the month leading up to the draw and you'll be safe. All three of you will make it into the final. ;)

25 Sep 2014
ARU bids for 2017 Lions tour-opener

I'd argue that " the principle that the Lions tours belong to NZ, Australia and SA every 4 years exclusively," is wrong. And the principle of rotation amongst the three countries is only a recent innovation. Since 1888, for the most part, Lions tours were Australasian in nature, with tests against New Zealand and Australia on the same tour. Australia had its first sole tour in 1899, but didn't have another one until 100 years later in 1989, losing 2-1. Only from that point did the three-way rotation began. Argentina featured in 1910, '27 and '36 with sole Lions tours. After the Lions defeated Australia on an Australasian tour in 1966, there were 6 subsequent Lions tours to just New Zealand and South Africa before the Lions appeared again in Sydney in 1989. The Lions have played other countries as part of their tours including Ceylon, Rhodesia, Canada, Fiji, - in the main, these have been on the South African tours over the years. The most recent was against Argentina in the warm to the 2005 NZ tour. However, this match was played in Cardiff. In 1977, The Lions played a test against Fiji in Suva, after their tour against NZ which they lost 3-1. They lost to Fiji too. :)

22 Sep 2014
ARU bids for 2017 Lions tour-opener

I'd argue that " the principle that the Lions tours belong to NZ, Australia and SA every 4 years exclusively," is wrong. And the principle of rotation amongst the three countries is only a recent innovation. Since 1888, for the most part, Lions tours were Australasian in nature, with tests against New Zealand and Australia on the same tour. Australia had its first sole tour in 1899, but didn't have another one until 100 years later in 1989, losing 2-1. Only from that point did the three-way rotation began. Argentina featured in 1910, '27 and '36 with sole Lions tours. After the Lions defeated Australia on an Australasian tour in 1966, there were 6 subsequent Lions tours to just New Zealand and South Africa before the Lions appeared again in Sydney in 1989. The Lions have played other countries as part of their tours including Ceylon, Rhodesia, Canada, Fiji, - in the main, these have been on the South African tours over the years. The most recent was against Argentina in the warm to the 2005 NZ tour. However, this match was played in Cardiff. In 1977, The Lions played a test against Fiji in Suva, after their tour against NZ which they lost 3-1. They lost to Fiji too. :)

22 Sep 2014
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