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2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby NaBUru38 » Thu, 08 Mar 2018, 17:22


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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby victorsra » Thu, 08 Mar 2018, 17:48

It would be a great improvement if PNG, Tahiti, Cooks, New Caledonia could play Fiji A, Samoa A, Tonga A....
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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby RugbyLiebe » Fri, 09 Mar 2018, 12:40

victorsra wrote:It would be a great improvement if PNG, Tahiti, Cooks, New Caledonia could play Fiji A, Samoa A, Tonga A....


It would be a great improvement if PNG and New Caledonia would actually field teams and if Tahiti would really field a team of eligible players.
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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby IanCleverly » Wed, 06 Mar 2019, 19:26

Bumping this thread due to it starting on Friday (with games involving Fiji 'A' to be streamed via 'Fiji One')

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby NedRugby » Wed, 06 Mar 2019, 22:47

https://www.world.rugby/tournament/1927


Tournament involves "A" teams or similar from Japan, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby argie » Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 02:33


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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby 4N » Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 02:51

argie wrote:Junior Japan v Samoa A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHnqxN9ZMag


Thanks :thumbup:

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Warpath » Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 04:12

Junior Japs just beat Samoa A 21-31..good game, the Japan team have a dominating scrum..fiji-tonga next

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby TheStroBro » Sat, 16 Mar 2019, 05:17

I enjoy that this free rugby is televised. But what's the point of that when no one attends these things?

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby NaBUru38 » Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 14:33

It's a tournament meant to develop players.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 21:13

Still doesn't explain why it's televised.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 21:54

Politics. It's World Rugby's way to prove how much they invest in Pacific Islanders.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Buffalo » Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 22:09

Maybe it’s televised because there’s a lot of ex-pats and heritage individuals who are interested in watching the games? The Fijians and Samoans I know were excited about this and wanted to watch even though they live in Canada and Australia. Not everything is some conspiracy by World Rugby.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby NaBUru38 » Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 16:57

Of course development competitions should be televised. It's the only people can see how players develop (other than attending of course).

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby TheStroBro » Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 21:34

Buffalo wrote:Maybe it’s televised because there’s a lot of ex-pats and heritage individuals who are interested in watching the games? The Fijians and Samoans I know were excited about this and wanted to watch even though they live in Canada and Australia. Not everything is some conspiracy by World Rugby.


Original point, I enjoyed the fact that they were. I'm a junky. Every time there's a BUCs game on, it's usually lunch time for me and I watch it.

But, when I was watching there were like 600 people watching. Not a whole lot.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Raven » Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 10:15

Buffalo wrote:Maybe it’s televised because there’s a lot of ex-pats and heritage individuals who are interested in watching the games? The Fijians and Samoans I know were excited about this and wanted to watch even though they live in Canada and Australia. Not everything is some conspiracy by World Rugby.


Well said!

Also, and in line with the "this is a player development tool" (and putting all politics aside) don´t forget that these guys might be seeking pro contracts elsewhere so it´s only beneficial for them, specially considering that as these are "A" sides they have already been "caught" by the nations they have played with so no harm done.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby rey200 » Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 10:40

the 6 games have a total of ~150k views. I think it's quite ok.
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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Immenso » Sun, 24 Mar 2019, 21:56

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/pacific- ... contracts/

A project designed by World Rugby to help players in the Pacific Islands earn contracts abroad and continue their professional careers, the Pacific Combine team was named today and will be under the guidance of former Waratahs coach Chris Hickey.

The programme brings together players from the Fijian Warriors, Samoa A and Tonga A squads and attempts to give a showcase to their abilities, provide elite-level coaching and find suitable fits for them in the professional game.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Warpath » Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 00:11

^ they played Namosi over the weekend, most of those players will make up the bulk of the Fiji Latui and Samoa Kagifa team for the Global Rapid Rugby next month so it bodes well for their development, who knows this combined team might also get pre-season matches agaisnt Mitre10 teams in July ..i watched all games, there is a lot of talent in all teams...

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby BigG » Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 06:27

Warpath wrote:Junior Japs just beat Samoa A 21-31..good game, the Japan team have a dominating scrum..fiji-tonga next


Are Fiji-Tonga highlights available?

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby BigG » Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 06:36

Could someone tells me, how many Fiji Warriors players are part of U20 Fiji national team?

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Immenso » Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 20:48

BigG wrote:Could someone tells me, how many Fiji Warriors players are part of U20 Fiji national team?


https://rugbyredefined.com/wp/internati ... e-defence/
The Pacific Challenge will also give a number of the players set to represent Fiji at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina this June further exposure to international competition. No less than 11 of the squad for the Pacific Challenge helped Fiji win the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania last year.


This article says 7 members of the U20s squad. (I interpret that as being 7 members of this years U20 squad)
https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/03/02/28-ma ... challenge/

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Warpath » Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 22:29

quite a few, a large part of the team were 23 or below..2 teams will be selected from that i think, one for the u20 oceania championships against nz ad australia and one for the Global Rapid rugby..

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby BigG » Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 07:53

Warpath wrote:quite a few, a large part of the team were 23 or below..2 teams will be selected from that i think, one for the u20 oceania championships against nz ad australia and one for the Global Rapid rugby..


U20 oceania championships would be interesting tournament in general, as well as in terms of finding out how strong is U20 Fiji.

When this tournament takes place? In 2018 it was in Australia, in May.

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Re: 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Postby Warpath » Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 12:45

BigG wrote:
Warpath wrote:quite a few, a large part of the team were 23 or below..2 teams will be selected from that i think, one for the u20 oceania championships against nz ad australia and one for the Global Rapid rugby..


U20 oceania championships would be interesting tournament in general, as well as in terms of finding out how strong is U20 Fiji.

When this tournament takes place? In 2018 it was in Australia, in May.


bond uni australia next month (apr 26-4 may), it will feature Junior Wallabies, New Zealand Under-20, Japan U20 and the Fiji U20

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