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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 06:58

Today is the beginning of a new year (1439) in the islamic world
Arab Rugby published a nice "best wishes" image

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Re: Small news

Postby RugInt » Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 23:03

Polska v Europa 52:19 (31:12)


Giles do you know if Poland regard this game as a test match or just an international?

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 19:23

Some search in the world rankings archive...

The historic record is 96.57, reached by New Zealand on oct 10 2016 and maintained for four weeks.
Now All Blacks are at 95.21
Their worst score was 88.17 on november 17 2003.

Italy reached its peak on february 4 2013: 77.82 points.
Now we are at 71.00.
Worst italian score was 69.98 on october 13 2003, the monday of the first World Rankings publication

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Re: Small news

Postby NedRugby » Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 20:13

An article in the French press on Zeno Kieft, a Dutch player playing for Stade Rochelais. If you can struggle through the French or a translation far enough he explains why he no longer plays for the Dutch team. Basically his primary loyalty is to his club.

http://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/top-14/20 ... l#fr-fb-sh

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Re: Small news

Postby olivier » Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 20:16

NedRugby wrote:An article in the French press on Zeno Kieft, a Dutch player playing for Stade Rochelais. If you can struggle through the French or a translation far enough he explains why he no longer plays for the Dutch team. Basically his primary loyalty is to his club.

http://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/top-14/20 ... l#fr-fb-sh

Exactly. awful comment from him.

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Re: Small news

Postby amz » Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 20:43

Sad and hard to comment to such a poor posture from him.

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Re: Small news

Postby victorsra » Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 00:27

Well Tim Visser also never cared about the Dutch national team... Right?
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Re: Small news

Postby NaBUru38 » Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 13:26

"Les championnats nationaux ne comptent que 4 ou 5 divisions"

That's very disrespectful. Having four divisions is quite healthy.
Uruguay has two dozen clubs, yet contends to qualify to the World Cup.

"Les matches internationaux tombent les mêmes week-ends que les matchs de Top 14"

Same weekends as the Six Nations. That's not a valid excuse.

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 18:13

Unfortunately the perfidious rugby league is infiltrating in Albania and according to the social networks the local players seem in this moment more interested in league (9s) that in union. Let's hope they just want to play both codes.
RLEF (european league board) wants them to debut in 2018 as national team against a pair of other eastern nations

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Re: Small news

Postby IanCleverly » Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 00:06

Short term plans involving the newly installed president of the Moldovan Rugby Union:-

https://www.publika.md/presedintele-fed ... 82405.html

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Re: Small news

Postby RugbyLiebe » Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 07:49

NaBUru38 wrote:"Les championnats nationaux ne comptent que 4 ou 5 divisions"

That's very disrespectful. Having four divisions is quite healthy.
Uruguay has two dozen clubs, yet contends to qualify to the World Cup.


Stumbled about that one as well. I actually do think that Rugby participation in the Netherlands is one of the healthiest on the continent. 15.000 players all within a driving distance of 2,3 hours in 80 clubs (The Netherlands has just 1/4 the size of Uruguay or a little over the size of Ireland) and a lot of growth potential with 17 million inhabitants. That's perfect.
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: Small news

Postby vino_93 » Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 08:05

NaBUru38 wrote:"Les championnats nationaux ne comptent que 4 ou 5 divisions"

That's very disrespectful. Having four divisions is quite healthy.
Uruguay has two dozen clubs, yet contends to qualify to the World Cup.

"Les matches internationaux tombent les mêmes week-ends que les matchs de Top 14"

Same weekends as the Six Nations. That's not a valid excuse.

Rugby needs international break, as in football. That's the only way to prevent it.

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 19:53

A pure small news: this saturday a match in Liechtenstein apparently involves the national team vs Voralberg, the more western region of Austria
www.facebook.com/redpriderugby/photos/a ... =3&theater
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Re: Small news

Postby victorsra » Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 20:00

Rugby needs international break, as in football. That's the only way to prevent it.


Top 14 has 29 weekends. The Champions Cup has 9. The National teams at least 7 (Six Nations including its breaks) + 3 (June) + 3 November. Total = 51 weekends. An year has 52 or 53. And I am not counting clubs' pre-season and national teams' training weeks, like the one before the start of the Six Nations and the June tests. The calendar is f*ed.
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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 08:10

Canalina wrote:A pure small news: this saturday a match in Liechtenstein apparently involves the national team vs Voralberg, the more western region of Austria
http://www.facebook.com/redpriderugby/p ... =3&theater
https://s1.postimg.org/506et3o2a7/liecht.jpg

The reserve scrumhalf of Liechtenstein is a woman, an italian woman! Her name is Monica, she lives in Liechtenstein, she plays hooker in women's rugby but scrumhalf when the men's team needs a player...
https://www.instagram.com/p/BT-xBnQliM2/

It's hard to consider this a test match (apparently there are also players from Ireland and GB in Liechtenstein team) but if they awarded caps, it probably would be the first ever cap received by a girl for a men's match :)
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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 12:14

Ahi, it seems that this year, after ten glorious seasons, the Regional Rugby Championship aka Balkans Cup is not more going ahead :(
There are no news about, and in the past seasons the tournament started in september. It's a pity, I liked this competition, but this end was also quite predictable due to lack of media interest
htps://rrcrugby.com

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Re: Small news

Postby Armchair Fan » Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 21:40

A Gibraltar development side called Gibraltar Barbarians lost to Trocadero Marbella A team (Spanish fourth tier) this weekend, 52-5:
http://www.marbellarugby.com/segundo-am ... -marbelli/

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