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Cheers PB, indeed there are quite a few options in the front row. I would love to have included guys like Faessler, Nongorr and Bell, but I presume they would be rested for the test match matches.

Melbourne Rebels' demise appears to create a hole in the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour schedule - but here's a solution

How many would turn up? 30,000-40,000 Lions fans plus probably a similar amount to what the Rebels contingent would have been I suppose.

Melbourne Rebels' demise appears to create a hole in the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour schedule - but here's a solution

Indeed it is not a very ‘Melbourne friendly’ team, but they do need to use a pretty large stadium. They are expecting about 30,000-40,000 Lions fans travelling to watch these games.

Melbourne Rebels' demise appears to create a hole in the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour schedule - but here's a solution

NM, while I have purposely left out the realistic Wallabies contenders in this line up to have a bit of fun with it, there are no rules stopping them from putting Wallabies squad members in the tour fixtures. During the 2021 Lions Tour, South Africa picked a ‘South Africa A’ team that was basically a proxy for a 4th Test match 😂

Melbourne Rebels' demise appears to create a hole in the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour schedule - but here's a solution

Munro Mike, luckily I identify as an ignorant dingbat 😁
Thank you for including those annual spectacles that are irrelevant the winter club sport calendar. I would hazard a guess that you are Melbourne and do not have an appetite for Rugby Union.

Does the failure of the Rebels prove that rugby has no business in Melbourne?

I wholly agree on the principle of positioning Super Rugby as the icing on the cake. It used to be the Southern Hemisphere’s answer to the Heineken Cup, but over time, it has been devalued tremendously. Though, NZ would rightly insist on keeping Super Rugby the same duration. Fortunately, URC, Top 14 and Premiership show that the Super Rugby does not need to be shorted to accommodate for the domestic comp.

Does the failure of the Rebels prove that rugby has no business in Melbourne?

As a brand, Super Rugby just isn’t what it used to be. People can talk about the standard of rugby all they want; it is an important ingredient, but evidently it is not the be all and end all. Kiwi teams play great rugby in front of relatively empty stadiums too.

All three discussion points that you made are really relevant and also pretty easy areas to improve. For the competition format, taking the top 3 and getting 4 & 5 to play a wildcard match could also be an option. Regional names was a really interesting point; agreed they should definitely bring that back to promote tribalism. You also touched on the timing of the Magic Round – it is such a good concept but scheduling it for Round 2 this year was just pure stupidity.

Super Rugby can be fixed. Here's how

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