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Re: Small news

Postby antlat » Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 22:57

Yes an excellent website!!

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Re: Small news

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Wed, 01 May 2019, 07:38

TRULY :!:

And every time I suggest that something is NOT exactly that way
the good-natured admin corrects it at once

NOT a bit of ARROGANCY -- which is so uncommon in rugby WORLD

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Re: Small news

Postby victorsra » Wed, 01 May 2019, 12:01

It is a great guy, really interested when I offered Brazilian rugby material.

I shared this website here last year, but no one seemed to have cared... it's doing a great job for a couple of years already.
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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Wed, 01 May 2019, 12:30

Considering the homepage image (Lomu in Milan), the graphic look of the website and my far memories of it, he's doing a great job for at least 10 years, I think :)

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 02 May 2019, 05:45

Ron & James, the two friends from South Africa and Hong Kong biking from London to Tokyo, are currently in Tajikistan in the Pamir Highway, the famous and infamous road crossing the Pamir altiplano toward an highness of 4,650 meters. They have a ball and sometime they are able to involve local kids in some rugby passing. Judging by the map they are already at midway between England and Japan and they started the voyage three months ago, so I think they could arrive in Tokyo way before the start of the World Cup
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Re: Small news

Postby victorsra » Thu, 02 May 2019, 12:42

Well, they can stop for lots of tea in China.
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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Sat, 04 May 2019, 12:18

The Touch World Cup ended today in Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Australia was as usual the queen of the medal tally with 8 golds and 3 silvers in eleven categories, included three gold medals in the main categories (men, women, mixed). New Zealand won the rest leaving almost only the bronze medals to the rest of the world.
This is the medal tally by nation and by continent

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Re: Small news

Postby Shev » Thu, 16 May 2019, 21:45

Rugby world cup 2019 video game confirmed. I think it is made by the same people who made rugby18 which I never played but heard it was terrible. I haven't bought a rugby video game since Jonah Lomu rugby challenge came out in 2011 so might give this one a go. Let's hope it is more of a success than the rugby games that have been released in recent years.

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 23 May 2019, 18:42

In the middle of Wales a family enterprise produces since half a century little statues in ceramic. The rugby characters became the hearth of their production: there are mostly welsh players but also some international stars and a series of mascots (an horse as Italy's mascot? Nice, but we have never had it).

I think a glance to their website worths the time https://www.groggs.co.uk

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Re: Small news

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Fri, 24 May 2019, 09:06

ROM & GEO FANS signed a Treaty of Cooperation

Learned from Odesan site of Mr Platika | rugger.info

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Re: Small news

Postby RugbyLiebe » Fri, 24 May 2019, 11:20

FLIDTA RISXVA wrote:ROM & GEO FANS signed a Treaty of Cooperation

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The Antim collaboration?
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 sammo » Fri, 24 May 2019, 17:59

FLIDTA RISXVA wrote:ROM & GEO FANS signed a Treaty of Cooperation

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Do you know if this is just symbolic, or will there be any concrete activities/collaboration?

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Mon, 27 May 2019, 16:15

This is an appropriate news for this thread: rugby has been admitted in the Small States Games, played in Europe every two years.
The oval ball will debut in the Games program during the 2023 edition to be hosted by Malta

https://www.facebook.com/federazionesam ... 1975684710

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Sun, 09 Jun 2019, 19:45

Few years ago we protested about the scarcity of live rugby on the web, now it's plenty.
In this weekend there were three games of RWC U20, two games of Nations Cup, Korea-Hong Kong, Chile-Romania, Lithuania-Netherlands, the Italian Serie A final, the Italian U18 final, all the Algarve 7s, all the Euro women 7s Trophy, all the Euro men Conference, the German final... plus probably some more, all live and free on youtube or facebook.
Once you had to search on the net some free rugby, now in the weekend you have to search some moment free of rugby to keep a minimum of social life :geek:

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Re: Small news

Postby RugbySwizzie » Sun, 16 Jun 2019, 14:12

If anyone is interested, at this moment, the final of the swiss NLA (GC Zurich vs RC Nyon) is taking place.
You can view it on YouTube via the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI3R65I6_Gg

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 07:42

If...

If there were World Small States Games, as there are Europe Small States Games (reserved to <1 million inhabitants nations), the gold medal in rugby would be contested by these nations

 Fiji 884K inhabitants
 Comoros 873
 Cyprus 864
 Guyana 782
 Bhutan 741
 Solomon Islands 680
 Macau (China) 670
 Montenegro 622
 Luxembourg 613
 Western Sahara 582
 Suriname 581
 Cape Verde 550
 Malta 475
 Transnistria 469
 Brunei 442
 Belize 398
 Bahamas 385
 Maldives 378
 Iceland 358
 Northern Cyprus 351
 Vanuatu 304
 Barbados 287
 New Caledonia (France) 282
 French Polynesia (France) 275
 Abkhazia 244
 São Tomé and Príncipe 201
 Samoa 200
 Saint Lucia 180
 Guam (U.S.) 172
 Curaçao (Netherlands) 160
 Artsakh 148
 Kiribati 120
 Aruba (Netherlands) 112
 Grenada 112
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 110
 Jersey (UK) 105
 Federated States of Micronesia 105
 United States Virgin Islands (U.S.) 104
 Tonga 100
 Antigua and Barbuda 97
 Seychelles 96
 Isle of Man (UK) 83
 Andorra 76
 Dominica 71
 Bermuda (UK) 64
 Cayman Islands (UK) 63
 Guernsey (UK) 62
 American Samoa (U.S.) 56
 Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.) 56
 Greenland (Denmark) 55
 Marshall Islands 55
 South Ossetia 53
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 52
 Faroe Islands (Denmark) 51
 Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 41
 Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 40
 Liechtenstein 38
 Monaco 38
 Saint-Martin (France) 35
 Gibraltar (UK) 33
 San Marino 33
 British Virgin Islands (UK) 30
 Palau 17
 Cook Islands (NZ) 15
 Anguilla (UK) 14
 Wallis and Futuna (France) 11
 Nauru 11
 Tuvalu 10
 Saint Barthélemy (France) 9
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)  6
 S.Helena, Ascension, T.de Cunha (UK) 5
 Montserrat (UK) 5
 Falkland Islands (UK) 3
 Christmas Island (Australia) 2
 Norfolk Island (Australia) 1
 Niue (NZ) 1
 Tokelau (NZ) 1
 Vatican City 0,8
 Cocos Islands (Australia) 0,5
 Pitcairn Islands (UK) 0,05

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 08:37

Easter Island (Chile) 6,000 inhabitants, 1 team & a Hoko dance.

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Re: Small news

Postby NedRugby » Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 21:48

My money would be on Vatican City. I see them thrashing Fiji easily.

One or two controversial ones there - Northern Cyprus? Abkhazia? Transnistria? I suppose Catalonia and Basque Country are too big to make the 1 million population threshold.

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 22:16

Catalonia has a population similar to Scotlands of 7 million, all but a few hundred thousand in Spain. The Basque Country's is comparable to Wales at about 3 million. The biggest cities in these regions are Barcelona and Bilbao, respectively, both in Spain. They have actually played in the past, Catalonia's most recent hit-out being a narrow win over Portugal a few years ago. The Basque national rugby team hasn't played since 2006, when it narrowly beat Catalonia. French Catalonia includes the rugby stronghold of Perpignan, while French Basque Country includes Bayonne and Biarritz. On the Spanish side of the border Catalonia has 2 clubs in the Spanish Division de Honor, while the Basque Country had 4 last time I looked.

Rugby is alive and well in Northern Cyprus, with regular beach tournaments, tens tournaments and even XVs. The Pumas club has been active since 2003 and there is a university rugby program as well. Apparently a substantial number of Zimbabweans are enrolled:

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Re: Small news

Postby Armchair Fan » Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 22:20

Just some details.
- Catalonia win over Portugal in 2016 came with the latter using Lusitanos banner
- Basque Country has kept playing some matches under Euskarians banner. IIRC they faced Uruguay before 2015 RWC
- Both regions have kept some activity along with Galicia in the quite obscure and amateur Galeuscat Cup. But Catalans switched their main focus from XV to 7s in 2017
- These regions are still important south the Pyrénées but they are no longer the powerhouses they used to be. Structures are good, players have a good standard and they export players to France and 7s, but growth had stagnated. Euskadi is down to two teams in Liga Heineken next season

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Re: Small news

Postby NedRugby » Thu, 20 Jun 2019, 08:24

NedRugby wrote:My money would be on Vatican City. I see them thrashing Fiji easily.

One or two controversial ones there - Northern Cyprus? Abkhazia? Transnistria? I suppose Catalonia and Basque Country are too big to make the 1 million population threshold.


I meant controversial in the sense of "do we consider these to be states?" Rather than "are they any good at rugby?" But discussion about that would be best left to the non-rugby board I think.

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Thu, 20 Jun 2019, 08:31

Abkhazia? Transnistria?


I have no knowledge of rugby being played within these regions. If anyone knows otherwise, I'm all ears.

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 20 Jun 2019, 08:44

NedRugby wrote:
NedRugby wrote:My money would be on Vatican City. I see them thrashing Fiji easily.

One or two controversial ones there - Northern Cyprus? Abkhazia? Transnistria? I suppose Catalonia and Basque Country are too big to make the 1 million population threshold.


I meant controversial in the sense of "do we consider these to be states?" Rather than "are they any good at rugby?" But discussion about that would be best left to the non-rugby board I think.

The list was taken by wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... population) and indeed it was plenty of [notes] about the controversial status of several countries, notes that for simplicity I erased pasting the list here.
I confess that I never heard the name Artsakh, now I go on google to discover where that region is

PS: it's an other name of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Thu, 20 Jun 2019, 19:52

I've been in touch with the people involved with Northern Cyprus Rugby, just out of curiosity. They say it's mostly university students from Africa, and they are able to field up to five sides for tournaments but really need people to get involved in administration and coach, etc. The Pumas actually won the Turkish league about a decade ago but eventually had to withdraw in 2012 due to travel costs, which, coupled with the economic downturn, resulted in an exodus of expat players. Northern Cyprus has a population of around 350,000.

The south of Cyprus has a population of around 850,000. There they have eight teams playing regularly - four UK army/RAF-based sides and four Cyprian teams - including a number of Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus currently holds the world record of 24 consecutive test wins but achieved this with a half-British team before it gained affiliation to World Rugby and had to tighten up the eligibility rules. They have a Beach Rugby tournament coming up this weekend with 8 teams plus kiddies.

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Re: Small news

Postby victorsra » Thu, 20 Jun 2019, 19:57

Pichot will be in Brazil on Monday and Tuesday. He'll participate in a political event in São Paulo State Government palace to open the U20 Trophy.... like 2 weeks before round 1.
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