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Former New Zealand journalist teaching in Istanbul. Fave teams - Canes and Jags. Can be found chatting live about rugby here in my free time: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/roonbafr/wingman-s-global-briefs-t3372.html

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Underdogs has become the most worn out phrase in rugby. The All Blacks claim the tag even when they’re playing Namibia!!

You're welcome, NSW

Oh yeah, you might be right. Memory’s slipping. Still, three rounds less of regular season games.

Time for a world club championship?

I suspect that’s why it hasn’t happened. A big thrashing either way could do irreparable damage to the loser’s competition.

Time for a world club championship?

Thanks. Bit sloppy on my part.

Time for a world club championship?

Rugby union needs to learn the art of hype

You're welcome, NSW

Well, rugby itself was a good idea.

You're welcome, NSW

Why not play a state of origin in union now? The players are spread between four franchises – five if you count the Force – so why not bring them together for a once a year for a clash like this? If the domestic comp falls over, as rumored, make it a 3 match series to compensate. League has copied all of union’s good ideas. Why not copy one of theirs?

You're welcome, NSW

One thing rugby union needs to be mindful of is the fact its league counterpart is currently making a huge bid to win over Pacific Island hearts and minds. The Australian government has thrown its weight behind this as it sees the sport as a means by which to offset the growing influence of China in the region. The relaxed eligibility rules, increased contacts, sundry tournaments and multitudinous war dances are all part of a concerted effort to usurp union as the primary sport of the Pacific Island community. A fifth of the players at the last rugby union World Cup were Pacific Islanders, with more than half the teams present including at least one in their squad. This is a tremendous asset to union, which we ignore at our peril. The time has come to bring the Pacific Islands fully on board. Including both Fiji and Samoa on the World Rugby board was an important step in the right direction. Now it’s time to start treating them as equals on the playing field.

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

Super Rugby is going to be reduced to 14 teams in 2021, meaning three less regular season games per team and, presumably, one less round of playoffs. So finding time for a World Club Championship fixture should certainly be no issue from the Southern Hemisphere’s perspective.

Time for a world club championship?

Israel digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole . . .

GoFundMe removes Israel Folau's fundraiser over terms of service breach

Indonesia 10 China 63

Time for a world club championship?

Canes – Jags final. Saders are there for the taking. The Bulls were a very dangerous side and Wellington did well to hold them out, but, yes, they’re going to have to shore up their defense out wide.

Nine talking points from the Super Rugby quarter-finals

Tokyo

Time for a world club championship?

It would hardly be meaningless. But it’s true the players are already facing too much rugby. A reduction of some of the unnecessary games is the answer there.

Time for a world club championship?

Thanks for the correction. I couldn’t make sense of what I was reading on google.

Time for a world club championship?

Wow, Spain beat Uruguay 21-41 on the road last night! We’re going to miss Los Leones at the World Cup.

Time for a world club championship?

Sure, finding time for anything new in rugby these days is a major stumbling block.

Time for a world club championship?

Sorry, forgot to include the score in my excitement. Uganda 16 Kenya 13 !!

Time for a world club championship?

Uganda upset Kenya in the Elgon Cup and Hong Kong blitzed Malaysia 0-71. More tonight from South America, while China take on Indonesia tomorrow.

Time for a world club championship?

Sounds exciting! Yes, stage it in Krasnoyarsk! I have vague memories of France staging both a provincial and club world championship in the late 80 – still the amateur era. As I recall Queensland won the provincial title over Fiji (then competing in the South Pacific Series with NZ and Aussie teams), while I think a French club beat Auckland’s Ponsony in the final, although Wellington’s Axemen were the NZ club champs at the time. That’s a long time ago, however, and I wish I could have found the details but nothing shows up on the net.

Time for a world club championship?

Yes, the Crusaders could trot out a team of All Blacks most days.

Time for a world club championship?

Congratulations to both Suva and the Apia Eels!!

Global wrap: Uruguay celebrate, Germany relegated, Seattle retain crown

Eels overcame a 7-20 deficit to win 24-23

Global wrap: Uruguay celebrate, Germany relegated, Seattle retain crown

Suva has retained the Skipper Cup with a 34-26 win over Nadroga: https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/sports/rugby … cup-title/

Apia’s Eels have won the Samoan Super 9 final against Chiefs. Just awaiting the score for that one.

Global wrap: Uruguay celebrate, Germany relegated, Seattle retain crown

SANZAAR have expressed disappointment that the proposed World League did not go ahead, so we must assume this has come down to a difference of views between the Six Nations and the rest. That is perfectly understandable, given the Home Unions have being playing each other annually since 1882. It took them three decades to admit France, and a further 90 years to add Italy! At this rate Georgia can probably target the 23rd century some time!! But you can’t really blame them for maintaining such a conservative attitude toward change. Practically every game’s a sellout and the proceeds the lifeblood of British and Irish rugby. Probably the best approach from a European perspective is simply to focus on developing their own competitions until they are legitimately able to challenge the superiority of the Six Nations. If the Lelos or anyone else can succeed in taking a 6 Nations scalp this year or sometime in the future, perhaps the time will have come to call for an annual playoff between the Six Nations and European champions. Who knows what might develop from there? The Football Euros existed as a mere 4-team tournament for the first two decades, before expanding to eight in the 1980s. It didn’t reach 16 until 1996. But now look at it, a 24-team tournament that will be played right across Europe in 2020.

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned