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Japan rfu ended the Sunwolves experiment and are now launching a new full time professional league while the Jaguares are looking to base themselves in Spain so that they can join the Pro18 competition in future. So those boats have sailed. A good option is to have a season ending champions cup competition against the top Japanese clubs.

And yes the new hemispheres will be east vs west for club and test match rugby. The RC will end in 2023.

Two Pacific Island teams given green light to join Super Rugby in 2022

Well I wish them well but Moana Pacifika are already off to a bad start by losing their captain, Alaalatoa to Pro16 before the season even started. I wonder why he would leave and not stay to help his team.

Two Pacific Island teams given green light to join Super Rugby in 2022

O’Gara even has him playing at 13 now, so maybe his defence has improved over the years.

Are the Springboks ready for the British and Irish Lions?

Apparently they will be playing warmup matches before facing BIL. So both teams are in the same boat, BIL not playing together in 4 years, and the Boks not playing together in about 18 months.

Will Springbok pride come before the fall?

No you obviously not trying hard enough not to be one.

Will Springbok pride come before the fall?

A very one-sided and biased article written here. I have read the opposite where BIL have been made the clear favourites by many, including ex players who know what they are talking about. And so BIL should be the favourites especially if Alun Wyn Jones and the majority of the Welsh grand slam team make up the match 23.

Will Springbok pride come before the fall?

He was amazing and has matured as a player, And I think that he actually has more pace than Mapimpi. It’s a nice problem having the two fastest wings in world rugby at your disposal.

Are the Springboks ready for the British and Irish Lions?

This format is the new norm for Lions tours. Get used to it because from 2022 we will see domestic rugby competitions in Europe looking to match the Top 14 11 month schedule. Just look at the new 14 team English Premiership as an example and calculate how many weeks this now adds up to.

Are the Springboks ready for the British and Irish Lions?

No selling of souls needed. They have the cash and will simply buy the players they need for their 12 full time professional team competition that they are about to launch.

Quade Cooper says Aussie rugby should go to Japan

What’s to stop Qatar from buying the best players (and coaches) money can buy so that they can win RWC 2027?

World Rugby needs to fix the game's broken international eligibility rules

Sooner or later Jacko the draconian Giteau rule will have to be scrapped. The Top League is about to be launched and the money there is comparable to the money on offer in the Top 14. Test match paydays and Super Rugby contracts just don’t stack up anymore.

World Rugby needs to fix the game's broken international eligibility rules

Maybe coaches don’t mind but some players and fans do care about who represents their team. How fair is it for a youngster to have his dreams crushed just because some mercenary plays for a club for 3 years.
The 3 year residency rule is changing to 5 years now, but once you are capped you are capped and there is no sense changing the rule at all.
btw the 3 year residency rule can easily be binned by any rugby union. To play for the Boks you need to have citizenship not residency.

World Rugby needs to fix the game's broken international eligibility rules

Their spot is in the 6 Nations B competition where Italy needs to be relegated to so that their players can actually feel what it is like to win a match instead of waiting once every four years for a miracle.

How European rugby can solve the Georgia dilemma

A decent bloke doing a decent thing.
I can’t wait to see Kolbe and Toulouse playing an away match against the likes of the Sharks or the Bulls next year in the Heineken cup. Mouthwatering prospect!

Cheslin Kolbe's outstanding post-match gesture shows he's just as good a person as a rugby player

This depends. If NZ says to teams two weeks in a hotel and not able to train, and Aus says bio-bubble for two weeks with the ability to train together then they will win the votes.

Also what if players have received the vaccine will they also need to bio bubble. Lots of questions needs answering.

New Zealand pushing to co-host Rugby Championship

Youth and experience is no excuse these days because the average age of players is around 23-25. Some of the best coaches around are in their mid 30’s and early 40’s so he may be too old to coach a bunch of millennials not knowing how to relate with them. The board should get a young and innovative coach and see what happens.

Winless Waratahs axe Rob Penney

PE will dictate the running of the organisation. The new Sharks owners, own several US sports teams so they have the experience of maximising their investment. The Bulls owners previously had a 50% stake in Saracens Rugby club up until 2018. So these teams are effectively no longer community owned which is good thing at the end of the day. We may just run into a future club vs country argument which is a bad thing if your thing is test match rugby and not club rugby.

Why would private equity invest in Australian Rugby if it doesn’t include the National Rugby Championship?

I know in SA in The Sharks case it’s a formula of 51% private ownership with the franchises and their feeder clubs as well as Broadcasters Supersport holding 49% .

Your information is outdated. Prior to January 2021 it was Super Sport owning a 49% stake in the Sharks with the Union owning 51%. It’s ownership is now 23% Super Sport, 26% Union and 51% Wall Street MVM. They limit for private ownership is 74% for SA franchises and only the Stormers is still 100% union owned.

Why would private equity invest in Australian Rugby if it doesn’t include the National Rugby Championship?

In 2007 the 8 team ARC was launched and then promptly dissolved by O’Neill after only one year. His reasoning was to replace it with his Super Rugby conference rugby idea acting as a domestic competition.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Rugby_Championship

Why would private equity invest in Australian Rugby if it doesn’t include the National Rugby Championship?

A bit presumptuous to assume that Japan rugby will go with what the writer is dreaming about here. Reality check! Japan will be launching their new 12 team professional competition in 2022 to take on the Top 14 and English premiership, so why would they want to be involved in Super Rugby anyway? Their season will start in January and end in May. Maybe their teams will have a small window at the end of May to play some sort of cross over competition.
The bigger concern for Aus and NZ will be the fact that this new Japanese competition will be played at the same time as Super Rugby so they will be in direct competition for talent armed with US$480 million from their new broadcast and sponsorship deal.

Setting up Australian and Pacific rugby for growth and success

He is surprised because he was going all out making his plans thinking that others are not making plans of their own. What will he do if say all participating nations insist on hosting their own home matches? They will simply say get a jab, get on a plane and who could could argue with that.
This could get interesting with teams required to travel, lock themselves up in a hotel and then get to the stadium to fulfil their obligations

Will Australia host the 2021 Rugby Championship?

No more than the UK variant according to scientists. In fact they and Johnson say the UK one is more deadly.

No extra rugby for Aussie fans: Lions' tour to South Africa given go ahead

I would have preferred the UK option because it would have offered 6 test matches for the Boks and 2 matches against the French barbarians vs the original 3 test matches according to the leaked schedule. So let’s see what the schedule will be.

The Aus offer was never a serious options because broadcasters and sponsors outright rejected it because of the the bad broadcast times outside of prime time viewing for SA and the UK.

Let’s just hope now that all players, support staff and match officials get a jab before July.

No extra rugby for Aussie fans: Lions' tour to South Africa given go ahead

It takes 18 months for a new coach to come in and do a repair job to win the RWC. Jones is spent and must go, or stay.

Eddie Jones under the cosh from critics

No worse than Kings Park, maybe better actuality.

Bulls vs Stormers: A tale of two clubs