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    Singapore the leading Asian candidate to be included in expanded Super Rugby competit

    A SINGAPORE-based Super Rugby franchise would have to include local players on its roster or the country would shun the team, according to basketball executive Bob Turner.

    Singapore has emerged as a front-runner among Asian rivals to supply an 18th team in Super Rugby’s expanded competition in 2016, ahead of a Japanese outfit — believed to be Suntory Sungoliath — and Hong Kong.

    It would represent a big gamble by SANZAR given Singapore is not a noted rugby nation, but the Super Rugby bid is believed to have government backing and a new 55,000-seat SportsHub stadium to call home.

    Few are in a better position to judge the viability of a Singapore Super Rugby team than Turner, who transplanted an NBL franchise, the Singapore Slingers, to the country in 2006.

    The former Sydney Kings coach moved the former Canberra Cannons and Hunter Pirates to Singapore but the steep costs of international travel and underwhelming support among the local population saw the franchise withdraw from the NBL after just two seasons.

    Turner says the fact the Slingers had eight Australians and two Americans — but no Singaporeans — was a crucial factor.

    Read more: http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/su...-1226846211273

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    fuck me are we going to NEED a world cup soon?, SANZARARGSINGJAP - only NH clubs to add and we're done thanks to Mr Murdoch!

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    Any chance we can go a week without hearing about the location of a possible Super Rugby side?

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    how about Tassie?
    reckon we could almost beat them,as well

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    I'd like a Pacific Ocean XV, playing out of Japan

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    I'd like to see a Lunar XV playing out of the moon when the next TV deal expires

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    I'd like to see a Lunar XV playing out of the moon when the next TV deal expires
    That would be the cratest team

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    I rhetorically asked someone when I was Singapore earlier this year how anyone thought it would be a good idea to put a basketball team in that country made up entirely of Australian players. I don't imagine a Super Rugby team will be any different.

    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    I'd like a Pacific Ocean XV, playing out of Japan
    See above.

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    The former Sydney Kings coach moved the former Canberra Cannons and Hunter Pirates to Singapore but the steep costs of international travel and underwhelming support among the local population saw the franchise withdraw from the NBL after just two seasons.
    Wow that's a real winner for the submission. In a non-Rugby country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Wow that's a real winner for the submission. In a non-Rugby country.
    Duh who couldn't see that one coming...

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    Super rugby is big enough as it is. I wish they'd stop the expanison although an innforcers tour to singapore would be epic

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    coz Stone Cold says so

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    See above.
    Disagree, circumstances are different by a fair way.

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Cold View Post
    Super rugby is big enough as it is. I wish they'd stop the expanison although an innforcers tour to singapore would be epic
    oh hell yes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    Disagree, circumstances are different by a fair way.
    Exactly - Japan would be able to include its own players. Why stick a Pacific Island team there?

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    Pacific Ocean. There's no harm in having some South Pacific Islanders in a Japanese team.

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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