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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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“The Western Force have swept all before them in 2019 and ensured they delivered a perfect finish to a flawless campaign by defeating Fijian Latui 45-24 at HBF Park to claim the Pacific Showcase Series crown.”

Force claim Pacific crown

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

It’s SANZAR’s fault for getting too greedy and chasing the Yen in the first place. The Sunwolves were a square peg in a round hole. Let’s at least keep it to the Southern Hemsiphere.

SANZAAR should not force the Sunwolves to play out another year

Well done to the Joeys and good luck for the final.

Junior Wallabies surge into historic World Championship final

Regrettably Uganda’s Philip Wokarach has been ruled out of this weekend’s Elgon Cup clash with Kenya. He was one of the individual stars of the Gold Cup over the past 2 years.

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

They had 35K for the Maori last year. Possibly something to do with the Copa Americas (soccer) being in full swing at the moment. Not sure.

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

Thanks, Aussie. Last Wednesday, apparently.

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

Cheers, Sherry. Yes, Saffas to the fore on both sides. I watched the live streaming on the MLR Facebook page. Practically anything can be streamed these days!

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

Slight error – Spain have one more tour match, against Uruguay this weekend.

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

What was the Georgian score? Didn’t come up on my radar. Yes, Namibia were a little erratic. The team for their last game, against the Russians, appeared to include a lot more non-white players – about half the team. Good for them! Elgon Cup has been described as one of the great rivalries in international sports. It’s part of the Victoria Cup this year. Not sure why Namibia aren’t involved. Zambia are in for a tough time but it’ll be a good learning experience for them.

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

15.06 Frankfurt am Main Germany 32-37 Portugal Rugby Europe Championship Promotion/Relegation
15.06 Hong Kong Hong Kong 30-24 Malaysia Asian Championship
15.06 Montevideo (Uruguay) Russia 20-0 Namibia Nations Cup
15.06 Montevideo Uruguay 28-15 Argentina ‘B’ Nations Cup
15.06 Jundiaí Brazil 21-22 Romania Friendly
15.06 Santiago Chile 22-29 Spain Friendly

Yes, Germany relegated. I guess Uruguay takes the Nations Cup by dint of their win over Russia last weekend.

Confederations Cup of rugby to replace Nations Cup

Germany relegated after a disappointing loss to Portugal, 32-37. Just a couple of years ago speculation was rife about adding Germany to the 6 Nations some time in the future after their shock win over Romania.

Also disappointing today were Hong Kong, who changed 9 players and struggled to put away a plucky Malaysia, eventually winning 30-24.

In Rapid Rugby, the Force thumped Samoa’s Kafiga 28-44.

Meanwhile Suva and Nadrogo are through to the Fijian club final, while Eels of Apia and Chiefs from the other side of the island will contest next week’s Samoan final.

Tonight in South America the Nations Cup wraps up, while Brazil and Chile host Romania and Chile in friendlies. MLR concludes tomorrow with San Diego hosting defending champs Seattle Seahawks.

Confederations Cup of rugby to replace Nations Cup

Armpit level was the new ruling. Originally World Rugby said nipple height, but then probably had second thoughts about that when women’s rugby was taken into consideration . . .

Did the Tongan Thor deserve to be sin binned for his enormous hit?

There are sports where I’d just as soon watch women, but rugby and soccer are not among them due to the quality.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Precisely my point. It’s not just the playing numbers which are overwhelmingly male, it’s the spectators, TV audiences, critics and keyboard warriors – evidently.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Well. I’d have to point you in the direction of the attendances and TV ratings to answer that.

Confederations Cup of rugby to replace Nations Cup

Good points, but just to reiterate that my beef is not with women at all. On the contrary, it is with the male-dominated sports media, administrative virtue-signalers and certain sanctimonious male fans who seem to think everything rugby should be absolutely equal even though the women’s game is much newer and still only involves a fraction as many players.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

The awards should be kept separate all the way through, unless they also want to integrate men and women on the pitch.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Actually, there has been some pressure from the growing male netball community in recent years, but simply been shut down with little interest from the media.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Yes, we’ve all seen what’s happened to Assange, despite the women involved in the case having denied it from the outset and complained about pressure from the police. Obviously there are extenuating factors there!

No obligation to follow women's rugby

I think the big push for women’s rugby has also come from the game’s involvement in the Olympics, which requires a women’s program. In fact, I just read recently that Brazil is introducing quotas for women’s programs on its regional associations, which could really make it difficult for them. I’m not opposed to the quotas concept entirely, but that seems a little over the top.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

I certainly enjoyed covering women’s softball in my time as a junior reporter. This was set up in our region primarily by the Maori community with the emphasis on family involvement. Maybe that says a lot about culture.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Cheers, Hulk. My main interest in rugby these days are the developing nations, but I am more than willing to accept that is not everybody’s cup of tea. Probably most fans would cheerfully spent their lives watching nothing but first tier and that is their prerogative, of course.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Thanks, both Sheikh and Anopinion. Those are important points you have made.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

Valid points, which I’m fully aware of. Thanks for this important contribution to the discussion.

No obligation to follow women's rugby

I don’t see much of a comparison there.

No obligation to follow women's rugby