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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby victorsra » Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 00:53

We'll play a total of 13 tests in 2017.
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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby Neptune » Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 05:29

victorsra wrote:We'll play a total of 13 tests in 2017.


Good job Brazil, I hope other t3 nations can replicate this. With WR focussing on Brazil alot, this could spur them to t2 status in the next 2 years.

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby thatrugbyguy » Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 06:07

I mentioned this in the 6N expansion thread, but we really need at the very least the top 40 nations playing at least 8 tests a year to properly develop the game worldwide. Teams are never going to get far if they play only a few test matches a year. It's great now that the likes of Brazil, Germany, Chile etc are playing more and more matches every year, but there needs to be more done from WR to have as many nations competing in both the June and November test windows as possible. Korea, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Columbia, Mexico, Paraguay, etc, all of these nations need to be part of the international test window. On top of that there needs to be more promotion from WR about these type of games.

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby NaBUru38 » Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 19:00

sk 88 wrote: The USA test is a real coup. A great side to watch, a good level to test your own side and also what you'd hope is a commercially attractive fixture to generate cash for the game.

Indeed!

Also nice to see:

o- Japan vs Australia and France
o- Scotland vs Samoa vs Scotland, Romania and England
o- Wales vs Georgia
o- Ireland vs Fiji
o- Romania vs Tonga

What about African teams?

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 19:08

NaBUru38 wrote:What about African teams?

You should know better than me, but Namibia was expected to host Uruguay for a couple of games and Kenya was Cup of Nations bound.

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby Neptune » Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 04:15

Armchair Fan wrote:
NaBUru38 wrote:What about African teams?

You should know better than me, but Namibia was expected to host Uruguay for a couple of games and Kenya was Cup of Nations bound.


yeah, but those were just proposals, we are awaiting the final confirmation.

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby IanCleverly » Thu, 20 Jul 2017, 00:26

Shwmae pawb. Lurker for about a week, but registered to ask about this:-

"This June/July test series it's really the most test matches we play in a block outside the Rugby World Cup year so I think that really enabled us to work on some things," he said. Sometimes on the three match series you just feel as though on the third match you're just getting to where you want to be and then the boys go back to their club and you've got to start again three or four months later.

But I think this time around with the extra two games and the little camp in between the two campaigns we really made some big gains around the way we're playing the game and our training methods and the way we prepare. The thing is now to maintain that momentum and make sure that in November we build on the gains we've made during this series".

Next up for Fiji is the annual northern tour with test matches against Italy, Ireland and Canada confirmed for November.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/335461/sport-flying-fijians-fix-focus-on-world-cup



Neither unions have mentioned anything about this, and judging by the order in which they are listed, the possible Canada v Fiji game would be on the 25th?

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Re: 2017 Schedules

Postby rugby.change » Thu, 20 Jul 2017, 01:16

Well looking at it, Ireland v Fiji is already confirmed for 18 November while although not confirmed by Italy by they are scheduled for a Tier 2 side on 11 November. I guess that would mean Fiji v Canada would be on the 25th, which would mean the Georgia matches between USA and Canada are wrong with Georgia set to play Canada on the 25th.

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