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Joey Francis

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North and South America together would be a great idea!

The Socceroos need an Asian Nations League

With the exception of South America and Oceania. South America only have 10 nations and they all play each other at home and away in World Cup qualifying anyway, so it would be somewhat unnecessary, Oceania is too small and underdeveloped

The Socceroos need an Asian Nations League

Yeah, I remember when we won the Asian Cup some of the Middle Eastern nations kicked up a fuss about us being in AFC

The Socceroos need an Asian Nations League

Definitely! Especially since most of our players play in Europe for their clubs. Of course, if we move to Europe every nation would want to move to Europe to compete with high quality opponents there (except maybe the South American nations)

The Socceroos need an Asian Nations League

I guess it could work in the same way as the European Nations League- each country plays 1-2 games in each international break

The Socceroos need an Asian Nations League

At the moment, Suva is only an hour different in time zone than Sydney, so I can’t see it being too much of a huge issue

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

I like less teams qualifying but then the tournament becomes more like the FIFA World Cup where almost all internationals are centred on qualifying for the World Cup. Test Rugby featuring European nations versus the Southern Hemisphere sides for nothing but pride and bragging rights are still hugely popular and important to world rugby

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

Hopefully not more games as you suggest. Moving to 24 teams would be a huge mistake from World Rugby.
South Africa has some dangers attached, which is why World Rugby have been reluctant to award it to them. Johannesburg has very high crime numbers.

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

I’m not an economist, I get what you’re saying about the cost but I’d love it if they were able to make it happen

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

And we have most of the infrastructure in place already, only slight upgrades would he needed.

If the NSW govt. can spend $800m on ANZ, the states together with the Federal Government and RA can pay $273m, especially when they’d be making most of that back anyway

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

They wouldn’t exactly be viewed as “lesser” games if they involved hose home nations.

I definitely agree though that a post-Super Rugby future incorporating the Pacific is a great idea, but perhaps the World Cup could be the start of that relationship

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

Rugby is definitely the biggest sport in the Pacific, so we should maintain that and keep it strong. Yeah, NZ should have, but didn’t. By ya proposing this I think World Rugby would be more inclined to favour our bid over others if it lead to growth in the Pacific

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

I don’t know if Russia are ready to host it yet, nor are the US. Given the host generally alternates between Europe and the rest of the world, Russia would be cancelled out of 2027 at least. US while eventually host one, but 2027 is probably too early, perhaps 2031 or ‘35

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

In 2015, a number of games were played at Sandy Park in Exeter with a capacity of just under 13000. Every game doesn’t need 20k +

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid