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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby iul » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 21:32

Kenya is playing Romania A

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 22:33

iul wrote:Kenya is playing Romania A


I would rather they push the dates ahead. A simbas team playing Romania A wouldn't be a game that i would like to watch. I'd want Romania to put their best xvs team. Anyway, that's just my 2 cents

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Trendsetta » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 22:47

Neptune wrote:
iul wrote:Kenya is playing Romania A


I would rather they push the dates ahead. A simbas team playing Romania A wouldn't be a game that i would like to watch. I'd want Romania to put their best xvs team. Anyway, that's just my 2 cents


:shock: Well i will be watching keenly, They made it a non test because they would be missing their french based, Eng players. Their A team composed of local players will still be very clear favourites to win so it will be a good prep for Kenya.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 23:11

Trendsetta wrote:
Neptune wrote:
iul wrote:Kenya is playing Romania A


I would rather they push the dates ahead. A simbas team playing Romania A wouldn't be a game that i would like to watch. I'd want Romania to put their best xvs team. Anyway, that's just my 2 cents


:shock: Well i will be watching keenly, They made it a non test because they would be missing their french based, Eng players. Their A team composed of local players will still be very clear favourites to win so it will be a good prep for Kenya.


I don't think that's the reason, as countries have access to their pro players during the november window. It could be because of the promotion/relegation match with Portugal, where the stakes would be higher.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Fri, 21 Sep 2018, 07:05

I honestly think that the repechege is Canad's to loose. I have put Canada and Hon Kong as the main contenders to carry the day, unless things change. Anyway, only time will tell, and all the best to all nations participating. :P

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Mon, 24 Sep 2018, 20:10

I don't really think thses test matches between Romania and Namibia will assist the Kenya Simbas, as both Romania and Namibia are throwing in the A sides and fringe players. I don't think it will really add value to the boys rather than fatigue before the repechege.

http://ragahouse.com/news/item/namibia- ... nya-simbas

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby rugby.change » Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 23:02

Hong Kong is playing Dragons U23 on 29 October in preparation for the Repechage.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby rugby.change » Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 23:04

Canada is playing Oxford Uni on 31 October aswell.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Sick » Mon, 01 Oct 2018, 05:45

Neptune wrote:I don't really think thses test matches between Romania and Namibia will assist the Kenya Simbas, as both Romania and Namibia are throwing in the A sides and fringe players. I don't think it will really add value to the boys rather than fatigue before the repechege.

http://ragahouse.com/news/item/namibia- ... nya-simbas


For Romania it won't be fringe players. Most of them will be mains for the future. And for us the future begins now. As soon as possible at least, straight after november.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby rugby.change » Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 14:38

Warm-ups starting to take place -

17 Oct - Kenya v British Army XV - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
21 Oct - Kenya v Blue Bulls XV - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
28 Oct - Kenya v Namibia - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
3 Nov - Romania A v Kenya - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest

31 Oct - Oxford University v Canada - Oxford University
5 Nov - Coventry v Canada - Butts Park Arena, Coventry

29 Oct - Dragons v Hong Kong - Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale

No news on Germany

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 14:50

rugby.change wrote:Warm-ups starting to take place -

17 Oct - Kenya v British Army XV - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
21 Oct - Kenya v Blue Bulls XV - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
28 Oct - Kenya v Namibia - RFUEA Ground, Nairobi
3 Nov - Romania A v Kenya - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest

31 Oct - Oxford University v Canada - Oxford University
5 Nov - Coventry v Canada - Butts Park Arena, Coventry

29 Oct - Dragons v Hong Kong - Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale

No news on Germany


Germany are not revealing their hand, they can easily pull a suprise on everyone ;)

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 22:49

According to this article, if Namibia stand true to their threat, then the Uganda cranes will be the team heading to the repechege.

http://ragahouse.com/news/item/namibia- ... -world-cup

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby thatrugbyguy » Wed, 03 Oct 2018, 23:05

Uganda would have next to no time to prepare for the Repechage. This is a really ugly situation and bad look on the sport, considering the drama that happened in Europe earlier this year.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby rugby.change » Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 13:26

I'd imagine, Kenya will default to Africa 1 and Canada, Hong Kong and Germany will fight out the repechage rather than adding an extra team.

Should Namibia withdraw after the Repechage and Kenya win the Rep, 2nd place will take the Rep spot and Kenya will go to Africa 1. Or if Kenya loses, they gain default Africa 1 even if they lose all their Rep games.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby RugbyLiebe » Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 14:09

Neptune wrote:According to this article, if Namibia stand true to their threat, then the Uganda cranes will be the team heading to the repechege.

http://ragahouse.com/news/item/namibia- ... -world-cup


No, according to this article, Uganda will not be the team heading to the repechage. They speculate though if it might be Uganda. That's a huge difference.


Apart from that, I am with rugby.change. His scenarios are extremely likely.
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Blurandski » Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 16:48

'“Does World Rugby know they are in breach of the Sports Act of Namibia? If they withdraw funds, then it means that they are supporting a system that is not recognised anywhere.

“World Rugby's grant to Namibia is not a privilege, you are entitled to get it if you qualify for the World Cup. If they withhold that, then they are in breach of the Sports Act,” he stressed.'

Lol.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 05:05

Let's just wait for the SGM that Rugby Namibia will hold this month. I hope they manage to resolve their issues amicably.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 12:00

The issue with the Repechage is that one team will have a 14 day break between matches.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Raven » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 13:16

Is this for real? I hope there aren't any more disqualified teams for whatever reasons there might be.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 14:02

And the drama continues, The players support the NRL, while the Namibian sports commission supports the rugby union. Namibia have also cancelled most of their matches including a warm - up game between the Kenya Simbas

https://www.blog.kratosbrand.com/namibi ... n-dispute/

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby Neptune » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 14:09

Raven wrote:Is this for real? I hope there aren't any more disqualified teams for whatever reasons there might be.


on what grounds will there be disqualification of a team? Unless in the case of Rugby Europe where Romania played Judge, Jury, Prosecutor and the DEA in a deciding match against Spain, I don't see any reason to disqualify either of the four participant teams. If Namibia decide to abort ship, then the Simbas should go ahead as Africa 1, while Uganda get to go to Marseille for the repechege. Even if they won't have time to prepare, it will be good experience for the Ssebos and their boys.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 14:23

Neptune wrote:And the drama continues, The players support the NRL, while the Namibian sports commission supports the rugby union. Namibia have also cancelled most of their matches including a warm - up game between the Kenya Simbas

https://www.blog.kratosbrand.com/namibi ... n-dispute/


Well now it’s getting serious. I’m all for new nations getting to the World Cup but not like this.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 14:26

Neptune wrote:
Raven wrote:Is this for real? I hope there aren't any more disqualified teams for whatever reasons there might be.


on what grounds will there be disqualification of a team? Unless in the case of Rugby Europe where Romania played Judge, Jury, Prosecutor and the DEA in a deciding match against Spain, I don't see any reason to disqualify either of the four participant teams. If Namibia decide to abort ship, then the Simbas should go ahead as Africa 1, while Uganda get to go to Marseille for the repechege. Even if they won't have time to prepare, it will be good experience for the Ssebos and their boys.


6 weeks isn’t a lot of time to assemble a squad and make travel arrangements.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby TheStroBro » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 20:56

Preview of what Canada will look like during the APC. Canada A is basically a full strength squad minus DTH, Ardron, and Olmstead. So if they perform poorly they're gonna be bad in November.

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Re: Repechege Battle 2018

Postby qwerty » Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 21:07

TheStroBro wrote:Preview of what Canada will look like during the APC. Canada A is basically a full strength squad minus DTH, Ardron, and Olmstead. So if they perform poorly they're gonna be bad in November.


Uruguay will field a strong team as well, except for some European-based players.

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