Send in the SANZAR Special Forces

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    Last weekend saw the British and Irish Lions kick off their Australian tour with a 59 to 8 victory over the Baa-Baa’s in Hong Kong. The game was essentially an exhibition game between two artificial sides, yet over 28,000 people paid good money to watch them run around.

    This led me to think about a similar cash-cow for the southern hemisphere unions.

    Thus the concept of the “SANZAR Special Forces”® was born.

    For over a century the countries that make up Great Britain have come together to pick their best athletes to take on the world. The Lions have drawn on their best since 1888, the Great Britain Olympic team has always drawn its athletes from several countries.

    It seems a little odd to allow one team to assemble from several countries while limiting the opposition to a pool of athletes from a single country.

    To counter this imbalance, and generate some much needed income SANZAR must appropriate the Lions concept and create a new artificial touring side that comprises of the best of the Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and Pumas.

    This side would tour the northern hemisphere every four years to take on all comers.

    To further enhance the concept, at the end of each tour would be a short four side tournament, a celebration of the exhibition game circuit with the four exhibition conglomerate sides competing for cash and glory.

    The proposed teams are the SANZAR Special Forces, the British and Irish Lions, Pacific Islanders Rugby and the Barbarians.

    The tour would help fill the coffers of SANZAR and the unions, however a caveat must be placed on the earnings, it must be used for grassroots and “minnow” rugby – how else are the exhibition teams of the future going to be cultivated?

    As a final note, the “SANZAR Special Forces”® is a working title. Roarers are invited to suggest a better name. Something that is inclusive and representative of all four nations.

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    • June 6th 2013 @ 5:32am
      Bazza Allblack Supporter said | June 6th 2013 @ 5:32am | ! Report

      Certainly would take the Lions team to bits with this Special Forces team…

    • Roar Guru

      June 6th 2013 @ 5:33am
      biltongbek said | June 6th 2013 @ 5:33am | ! Report

      I like the idea a lot, but sadly I doubt it will ever see the light of day.

      As for a name.

      The Colonies?

      Not very striking I know, but appropriate.

      • Roar Guru

        June 6th 2013 @ 5:35am
        biltongbek said | June 6th 2013 @ 5:35am | ! Report

        Or what about

        The goldmining, sheepshearing, beef farming penal colonies. 😉

        • Roar Guru

          June 6th 2013 @ 5:48am
          Poth Ale said | June 6th 2013 @ 5:48am | ! Report

          Presume Ireland could become part of that then? Since it wouldn’t be part of a Great Britain team….. 🙂

      • Roar Rookie

        June 6th 2013 @ 11:49am
        Die hard said | June 6th 2013 @ 11:49am | ! Report

        Unders vs Overs? Works in pool.

    • June 6th 2013 @ 6:42am
      mania said | June 6th 2013 @ 6:42am | ! Report

      rabbitz – u do realise theres a shared history that dates back millenia for the BI Lions nations?

      • Roar Guru

        June 6th 2013 @ 2:44pm
        Rabbitz said | June 6th 2013 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

        Actually mania, the members of the British Isles share more in common with the Scandinavians and Germanic peoples than they do with each other.

        Invasion, co-habitation and inter-breeding means the original bloodlines of Britain are very much in the minority.

        Hardly a reason to base a Rugby franchise on is it?

        I mean of the touring party Faletau, Vunipola, Tuilagi, Maitland, Evans, Corbisiero, Stevens (etc) can hardly claim millenia of British heritage…

        • June 6th 2013 @ 9:42pm
          Well Ruck me. said | June 6th 2013 @ 9:42pm | ! Report


          So the countries dont have a shared history because they were invaided by vikings, Normans and Germans?
          Id say thats part of their shared history and not and end to it.

        • June 7th 2013 @ 6:40am
          mania said | June 7th 2013 @ 6:40am | ! Report

          d4m rabbitz, agree with Well Ruck me
          even then what shared history in comparison does the SANZAR nations share? a SNAZR allStar team would be totally commercial and artificial

          • Roar Guru

            June 7th 2013 @ 4:47pm
            Rabbitz said | June 7th 2013 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

            The point is this idea is, like the Lions tours, merely a commercial opportunity.

            There is absolutely no requirement for some sort of “share history” or any other airy fairy concept except putting on some attractive rugby that the punters will pay good money to watch.

            That is it, in a nutshell.

            The Barbarians is an artificial concept, the Lions are the same – a combined SANZAR team would have exactly the same raison d’etré as either of those two sides.

            When it comes to extracting money from the viewing public, bright, shiny, over-hyped things out muscle history filled anachronisms from days gone by each and every time.

    • June 6th 2013 @ 7:47am
      Wii said | June 6th 2013 @ 7:47am | ! Report

      You do realise that England has not had its own parliament since 1702.
      In all technical purposes Neither England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland or any of the smaller island nations like Isle of Man etc are in actual fact countries in their own right.
      They are all provinces of Great Britain which is the actual country, sure we still claim them as independent nations more so out of romanticism but the cold hard fact is Wales is no more a country than Tasmania.

      P.s remember the Irish are part of this team

    • June 6th 2013 @ 8:30am
      Falcore said | June 6th 2013 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      The All Wallaboks?

      • Roar Guru

        June 6th 2013 @ 2:47pm
        Rabbitz said | June 6th 2013 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

        All WallaPumBoks perhaps 🙂

    • June 6th 2013 @ 8:35am
      Dally M said | June 6th 2013 @ 8:35am | ! Report

      Let’s drop the Saffa’s & The Argies & just tour as the ANZAC’s.

      • June 6th 2013 @ 9:29am
        Bakkies said | June 6th 2013 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        Last time there was an ANZAC team several kiwis opted out after being selected.

      • June 6th 2013 @ 6:15pm
        Dan said | June 6th 2013 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

        fark yer and just before the game we could rouse the troops before by saying those mfs out there sent 18,500 of our brothers to their death. for there war !!!!

        poms would die

        love it “private ready to go over the trench, ill be right behind you sir”


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