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Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

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Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby ernestakor » Thu, 09 Jul 2020, 07:34

How much has test rugby been affected in tier 2 and 3 countries been affected by the coronavirus?

Allow me to share something about the situation in Uganda.

We do not play many tests in a year. This year, not a single one was played, or will be, because continental and international tournaments were cancelled by Rugby Africa and World Rugby. Essentially, we rely more on the local competitions for game time and match experience.

Sadly, there has been no rugby for more than 100 days due to the lockdown. The national XV league 2019/20 season was postponed in March until further notice with 5 match days out of 18 left to play. Uncertainty looms over the national sevens series 2020, which concludes the 2019/20 season, and the 2020/21 season opener called the Uganda Cup.

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby SSJ YUSUKE » Thu, 09 Jul 2020, 11:22

The current boundries of the South African provincial system are out of date and should be changed to reflect the current provinces, this would make more sense in terms of organizing club competitions and having fewer teams in an economically constrained enviroment.
I would have
Western Cape-WP, Boland and SWD
Eastern Cape- EP and Border
KZN- Sharks
Free State- FS and Griffons
Northern Cape- Griquas
NW- Leopards
Mpumalanga- Pumas
Gauteng- Lions and Valke
Notherns- Basically the Bulls in Pretoria and Limpopo
Add Namibia to the mix, they might not win but like the sunwolves they would probably benefit from having a team in the South African system.
So a 10 team currie cup and club competitions based off real provincial boundries. Teams play at least 1 or 2 games in rural areas to make up for the lack of provincial teams(most hardly get that much support anyway). All exisiting Unions become Sub Unions to the Provincial ones but the premier club competetion is made up of cljbs playing across sub unions
Finally I would probably remove the Universities from club competitions. Its developed into an American style college football system and they tend to dominate many club competitions. So maybe put the Universities in their own league basically the varisity cup. Maybe have the Varsity All Stars compete in the Currie Cup as an Amateur team

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby ernestakor » Thu, 09 Jul 2020, 12:05

I agree with you, Yusuke, on separating Universities from the national clubs competitions. A large proportion of talent is lost after they have graduated from the schools system, yet we would retain them at the university. Uganda's inter-university championship collapsed but there are plans to revive it.

On regional/provincial rugby, upcountry clubs that made it to the top flight league always struggled to make ends meet logistically and were not realising their full potential. At the moment, each of the regions (Eastern, Northern, Western and Central) play a championship tournament from which the top teams will take part in a playoffs tournament for promotion to the top tier.

This has helped them to operate much more efficiently with less travel but also play competitive games more regularly.

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby iul » Thu, 09 Jul 2020, 12:13

Out of all the t2 and t3 club competitions only the Russian league has restarted.

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 08:15

Other than the domestic competitions being on hold are there any substantial changes being made in T2/T3 unions?

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby ernestakor » Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 12:28

iul wrote:Out of all the t2 and t3 club competitions only the Russian league has restarted.


Majority of us are still waiting. But for how long shall we?

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Re: Tier 2 & 3 test rugby and the coronavirus

Postby ernestakor » Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 12:29

thatrugbyguy wrote:Other than the domestic competitions being on hold are there any substantial changes being made in T2/T3 unions?


I would love to hear what the unions are doing apart from waiting to return to play.

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