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Thread: New signing Jaque Fourie backs Western Force to bounce back

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Done properly, conferences work really well. All the major sports in the US use them to some extent. The way SANZAAR uses them to prop up mediocre teams in unbalanced conferences is the problem.

    The best way to use a conference system is to crown a champion in each conference, meaning conference games are actually important and then have an elimination series between the best teams in the conferences. Some US leagues (eg NFL) allow a wildcard entry into their playoffs, but even that is though a match between teams in different conferences. (NFL has 2 divisions of 3 conferences each so it's second in the conference playing off for a wildcard spot)

    All this eliminates the hassle of having teams artificially inflated in the rankings by missing out on playing the better teams in the other conferences, they don't make the playoffs due to the fact that they have to play a team from the other conference to qualify.

    If you wanted to fix conferences in SuperDuperRugby, you would rewrite the finals series to include 6 teams, the first team in each conference and the winners of a finals elimination match series where 2nd in each conference plays 3rd in another conference. That way, if New Zealand teams are as good as they say they are, they can get 3 teams in a 6 team finals series and stop whingeing.
    There's unbalanced conferences in US and Canadian sports too. Teams in AFC East for example have missed out on playoffs despite having better records than teams who topped theirs. It is just typical bleating from NZers it is irrelevant that the Blues missed out despite having a better record than all of the Australian teams. They should take it up with the NZRU who signed off on it.

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    Nick Taylor - - 1 April 2018

    Western Force coach Tim Sampson is confident the reborn club will create a new pathway for young, local talent.
    A dozen aspiring players were left stranded when Rugby Australia slammed the doors shut on the club and its Future Force academy last September but Sampson believes World Series Rugby will open them again.
    Sampson has begun preparing his squad for the seven-game WSR tournament against international sides Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Hong Kong, Super Rugby sides Crusaders and Rebels, and a Japanese club yet to be announced.
    Thirty players have already been contracted with about three more expected to join within weeks.
    Sampson may not have all players available for the first game against Fiji on May 4, as a couple still will be with their English clubs in the Aviva premiership.
    But he is confident he has enough strength in his squad to face one of the world’s most exciting teams.
    “I’m very happy with what we’ve got,” Sampson said.
    “There’s a really good spread of young guys, experienced guys and local players, which is really important when you are starting a new club.”
    He has also started plotting a path for Future Force academy members who may be introduced during WSR and are likely to get more game time in the National Rugby Championship.
    “I’ll sit down and meet the guys and the staff but I’ve already got an indication of some players, “ he said. “There looks to be some great prospects”.
    “It’s important to have them in training and get them to know the squad and understand what it takes to take the next step.”
    Sampson has plenty of experience in his coaching team in former Springbok centre Jaque Fourie, who will also play in WSR, and ex-Super Rugby second-rower and Wallabies squad member Van Humphries, who has spent the past two weeks with the squad.
    “The big bonus is having someone who has played in another country and who could bring something really unique to what we do,”
    “South Africans are known for their physicality and big Van played with a lot of physicality in the contact areas.”

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    just as an aside, can you please link to the article when copying here.

    My reasons are:
    - give the kudos to the author
    - get the stats up on the sites so that they keep writing rugby articles. (so everyone still click the link!)

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