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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    That's all I was hoping for - if Wallabies eligibility for players in the other 5 franchises is still an issue for Forrest I think he should let it go.
    I reckon Cheika or whoever the next Wallabies coach is will ask for it to be changed as players will still go overseas regardless. You only have to look at how bare his cupboard is at 10 at the moment and say that Zack Holmes signs for Singapore and play as well as he is doing now they would select him. Hodge is not the answer he is too stiff with his passing and muscle bound to play 10. Shifting some of that off my affect his ball running which is his strength.

    Having one 10 long term in match day squads is not going to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    It's a start. When SR disappears due to decreasing broadcast revenues and escalating costs, Rat's Arse will have to eat some of that humble pie TIF's been .baking and extend eligibility.
    I think that once #ratsarse and fans see returning players playing in their back yard on FTA tv those playing in the Indo teams will (after SR) be allowed to play for the Wallabies. I hope.

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    The IPRC has the potential to become the richest rugby comp in the world! When salaries match and exceed what is being offered in Europe, Australian players will jump on board for big dollar contracts the RA and Clown (Cheika) will change their tune. Whether playing for the Force or one of the other teams in the IPRC the players will be seen on free to air tv and rugby can finally emerge out of the FOXTEL shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Do you have any details on how many "arrivals" there will be?

    ie what percentage of locally produced talent)
    Mo details,,,,, yet. But it was a firm this is what is happening from my source.

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    Bring on the Force
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    Bring on the Exhibition matches 2018
    Bring on IPRC 2019

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    Letís hope itís not another Trojan horse.

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    Sad to hear this wasn't discussed on 720's sport report this morning!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Sad to hear this wasn't discussed on 720's sport report this morning!!
    Give the news a chance to break, they probably don't even know yet. After further local announcements today I'm sure they will be talking about it soon.

    Just remember we are actively seeking this news out to spread to our loyal supporters, they will just hear it as it comes to them.

    Plus, it's just about AFL season and we all know what that means for rugby generally.

    No to mention The Collingwood WAFL team causing a sellout of The Craypot

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    There is NOTHING as usual on Eastern States sports news that I can see as usual, apart from comments from our own on GAGR! Talk about being in denial (that river in Egypt) But then who gives a toss, so long as they stay away from WA. When are the Ďboysí coming back LOL!

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    Howíd you like my comment about which team might be worried about a plunder of players. The usual suspects pipe up to poo poo the IPRC. Jeez I love stirring the shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    There is NOTHING as usual on Eastern States sports news that I can see as usual, apart from comments from our own on GAGR! Talk about being in denial (that river in Egypt) But then who gives a toss, so long as they stay away from WA. When are the Ďboysí coming back LOL!
    I reckon thats a problem with Rugby in general at the moment.

    I just had a look at the Fox Sports website and there were 2 Rugby articles in the Top 50 odd stories. The rest were Cricket, NRL (and they're only in pre-season) AFLW, AFL (again only in pre-season), Multiple European Soccer Leagues and the A-League, the NBA (Good to see Aussie kid Ben Simmons carving up). Even the Winter Olympics has more coverage than Rugby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    Letís hope itís not another Trojan horse.
    "Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves" - and all that
    Without putting to much of a damper on our excitement there is nothing actually new in what Robinson says here. Rats Arse have said similar things previously and this has just been dressed up by Robinson and Smith.
    Having said that I hope it's true.

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    Yes, Iím sure if it was as done and dusted as Robinson says, Raelene would have mentioned it when she was here only a week ago. I donít trust these people anymore. Not even a signed contract is enough.

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    It's actually smart for RA to get that "news" out there as they can then point the finger back at the IPRC if they can't come to an agreement.

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    Iím taking this on face value - it is good news that they have solved a major sticking point in the IPRC discussions and (very importantly) avoided a massive disincentive for up and coming Australian players joining the new Force.

    I also agree with a couple of posts above that allowing eligibility for Aussies in the off-shore based IPRC clubs would have been a bridge too far for RA and created more leakage risk.

    Itís an important step forward in the Force being reborn

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