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Western Force potentially looking for an Asian League

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Re: Western Force potentially looking for an Asian League

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 17:45

If Tonga are looking for some players, there will be quite a few Tongans in the English Championship who might now be looking for their next job after hearing funding from the RFU has been halved.

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Re: Western Force potentially looking for an Asian League

Postby victorsra » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 17:55

Tonga doesn't have money for that, unless there is someone wishing to pay for them.
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Re: Western Force potentially looking for an Asian League

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 18:05

Maybe Andrew Forrest will pay rather than let GRR be delayed for another year.

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Re: Western Force potentially looking for an Asian League

Postby Thesjhughes » Thu, 13 Feb 2020, 04:41

Edgar wrote:Just a month away from kickoff now and, yes, there are doubts as to whether the Chinese entry will even be able to take part due to the Corona Virus epidemic. They were due to debut in Fiji on March 13.

They might simply need to play away from home the first season, in which case the obvious alternative home-base must be the Bay of Plenty province which is supporting them. Rotorua and Tauranga are within a 3-hour drive of Auckland international airport.

If a replacement is called for, Tonga would seem a likely candidate, given Fiji and Samoa will both be involved. I imagine they will be intending to join the comp as an expansion franchise in the future anyway.

Certainly it does not seem an insurmountable obstacle, though it would be disappointing if mainland China were not involved directly this year after all. Their inclusion in the new league was nothing to sneeze at.

Global Rapid Rugby organisers are hoping the newly-announced China-based team can be retained for the inaugural season despite the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Last week, Andrew Forrest’s new rugby union competition announced that the Shanghai-based China Lions would be the sixth and final team for the 2020 debut of the $1 million GRR.


But one day later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that people who have visited or transited through mainland China would be banned from visiting Australia.

Other countries are following suit with their own travel bans as the world attempts to contain the coronavirus.

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/how-coro ... pid-rugby/

Rotorua and Tauranga do you get flights from Auckland the shortest one is 45 minutes in the longest one is an hour

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