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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 12:44

Edgar wrote: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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A little bit more on Northern Cyprus:

Northern Cyprus has over a dozen universities. Quite amazing for a country the size of Wellington, population-wise. This includes campuses for mainstream Turkish Universities, such as the renowned Middle Eastern Technical University, based in Anakara - who have dominated Turkish rugby for the past decade. There are question marks over the qualifications some of them provide, apparently, but they are undoubtedly cheap - and in some cases free. The students are mostly from Turkey and Africa, and the ruggers mostly from Zimbabwe and Nigeria, although there are others, including from Arab countries (I'm guessing the Maghreb).

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Re: Small news

Postby Thomas » Tue, 25 Jun 2019, 20:53

England Deaf are delighted to announce a men’s & women’s tour to South Africa, with a 3 Test series against the Deaf Boks for EDRU Men & a planned international fixture for EDRU Women. More to follow!

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Wed, 10 Jul 2019, 16:51

A wasting-time-map about the main events (more or less) of the weekend.
I don't think the RAN game Dominican Rep. v British Virgin Is. will be played in these days, there's nothing about in the social pages of those two federations

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Wed, 10 Jul 2019, 21:02

If the beach rugby refers to Istanbul last weekend I should inform you that the annual tournament is now being run under the auspices of the newly formed Turkish Rugby League organization. It has been a union event for many years, run by the same people, and seems like most of the same teams attended (and probably played under the same rules) - including at least three sides from Iran - but it is now advertised and promoted as a beach rugby league event.

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 08:15

No, it is referring to a beach tournament in northeastern Italy; not a so important event, but the map was created for an italian "audience"

This is a overviewing schedule of the weekend, if it may be helpful
http://www.rugby.it/news/2019/07/10/qua ... 14-luglio/

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 08:32

Thanks. My mistake :oops:

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 09:13

Pacific Games general medal tally so far. The spots indicate nations participating in rugby 7s, rugby league 9s, touch rugby

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Re: Small news

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 12:12

HOW tiny isles better AUS and NZL :?:

unless the latters are represented by LGBTQI+ minority

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 13:52

FLIDTA RISXVA wrote:HOW tiny isles better AUS and NZL :?:

unless the latters are represented by LGBTQI+ minority


Australia and NZ first became involved in 2015 and only compete in a limited number of events. They certainly weren't involved in the men's 7s competition this year. At the weekend they were elected associate members of the Pacific Games council but are not eligible to vote nor host the event. There is a fear that full membership would destroy the competitiveness and unique culture of the games.

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Re: Small news

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 13:59

Edgar

Thank you for replying so kindly ... to *Izzy Folau is disguise*

I wow never to cheer neither for Wallabies nor Waratahs ...
until they revoke their dicky decision

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 07:18

This week's (all?) events

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From west to east
1 Barbados: RAN Women Championship (10s format)
2 Buenos Aires: Argentina v New Zealand (The Championship)
3 Sao José dos Campos: U20 World Trophy third and fourth round
4 Lodz: Euro men 7s, last round
5 Kharkiv: Euro women 7s, last round
6 Johannesburg: South Africa v Australia (The Championship)
7 Harare: Zimbabwe v Kenya (according to World Rugby fixtures)
8 Sydney: Australia v Japan women
9 Rotorua: Maori All Blacks v Fiji
10 Apia: Pacific Games, touch tournaments

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 08:13

Indian Ocean 7s coming up, according to Roon ba:

Day 1 schedule:

24.07 Côte-d'Or Mauritius - Madagascar Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage
24.07 Côte-d'Or (Mauritius) Réunion - Mayotte Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage
24.07 Côte-d'O Mauritius - Mayotte Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage
24.07 Côte-d'Or (Mauritius) Réunion - Madagascar Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage
24.07 Côte-d'Or Mauritius - Réunion Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage
24.07 Côte-d'Or (Mauritius) Madagascar - Mayotte Indian Ocean Island Games Group Stage


http://www.theroonba.com/rugbysevens/men/fixtures.html

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Re: Small news

Postby Thomas » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 08:22

Capital Rugby Union playing Mexico National Team

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Re: Small news

Postby Thomas » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 08:27

Mexico is advertising this match as preparation for their ARC Challenge against in Colombia

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 11:09

7 Harare: Zimbabwe v Kenya (according to World Rugby fixtures)


Also postponed, apparently, again by the KRU and this time citing financial reasons.

Kenyan 7s series gets underway this weekend, meanwhile, though it's an all club affair, by the looks of things

https://tikohub.co.ke/resources/event.p ... Ds-5hz8EWU

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 12:01

Capital Rugby Union playing Mexico National Team


Is this anything to do with the MRL expansion team in DC? Looks like an interesting match-up. Hopefully we'll see more cross-border encounters involving Los Serpientes. :thumbup:

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Re: Small news

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Stumbled upon a 2015 RWC auction. Managed to snag signed Georgian, Romanian, and Tongan kits alongside five replicas (Romania H&A, Georgia A, Namibia H) and a pin badge thing for about £150-£200. When they get here I'll post some photos!

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Re: Small news

Postby Thomas » Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 14:13

Edgar wrote:
Capital Rugby Union playing Mexico National Team


Is this anything to do with the MRL expansion team in DC? Looks like an interesting match-up. Hopefully we'll see more cross-border encounters involving Los Serpientes. :thumbup:


strong team indeed, seems to me a summer tour? not sure.

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Re: Small news

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Re: Small news

Postby Canalina » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 18:56

Two international events in collateral rugby disciplines, this week

European Beach Rugby Championship, in Moscow
www.facebook.com/eu.beachrugby/
All the teams come from Eastern Europe, except Italy (men and women) and Spain (just women)
The event is saturday and sunday, live on Rugby Europe

World Underwater Rugby Championship, in Graz (Austria)
www.worldchampionship2019.com
Seventeen men nations, fourteen women nations: all european except Colombia, Usa, Canada and Australia
The event starts saturday and will endure until the weekend after; should be live on youtube.
Ok, underwater rugby has little in common with rugby, but it has "rugby" in the name so it's part of the family.

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Re: Small news

Postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 19:09

It will be Spanish debut if I'm not mistaken. As we've discussed in previous years, beach rugby here is normally played as Sevens, not Fives. But a Fives Series was launched this year and they probably want to give it a push by creating a national team.

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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 20:25

European Beach Rugby Championship, in Moscow
www.facebook.com/eu.beachrugby/
All the teams come from Eastern Europe, except Italy (men and women) and Spain (just women)
The event is saturday and sunday, live on Rugby Europe


Is this the same tournament Vova shared the punch-up highlights of on the Russian thread?

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Re: Small news

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 08:54

Edgar wrote:
European Beach Rugby Championship, in Moscow
http://www.facebook.com/eu.beachrugby/
All the teams come from Eastern Europe, except Italy (men and women) and Spain (just women)
The event is saturday and sunday, live on Rugby Europe


Is this the same tournament Vova shared the punch-up highlights of on the Russian thread?


Nah, Vova's video showed club teams. But it might be the same venue.
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Re: Small news

Postby Edgar » Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 08:59

Ah, I just thought that they might have run a club tournament first, following up with the international event next weekend.

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Re: Small news

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 09:06

Edgar wrote:Ah, I just thought that they might have run a club tournament first, following up with the international event next weekend.


Well there seems to be some sandy area ready for rugby, so that should be the case. Still not the same tournament, but that's splitting hairs.
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