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    Shanghai based textile billionaire Feng Hua Huang has launched into the current void in competitive options available in Rugby Union in the India Pacific region with a plan and proposed structure of his own.

    Mr. Huang who is Hong Kong born and UK educated, has long had an association with Asia Rim Rugby, and has been a substantial backer of the Hong Kong Dragons and is Chairman of the Shanghai Provincial Rugby Union.

    He has significant property investments in Melbourne and Sydney Australia, as well as New Zealand, and is a major stakeholder in the Macau gambling industry.

    The South China Post reports that Mr. Huang has given his financial backing to a new Asian Rugby Competition to be run between May and October each year and comprised of teams from India (Mumbai Lions) Sri- Lanka, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. He also intends to extend participation to teams from South East Asia and is in negotiation with the Malaysian, Singapore and Thai Rugby Unions.

    Amongst the elite Provincial teams he has secured to take part in the new competition are Otago and Hawkes Bay from New Zealand, the Melbourne Rebels from Australia, the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan and the Hong Kong Dragons. The Beijing connection is believed to be the National Chinese Defense Forces Sporting Association.

    It is understood that Star China Media, the most significant player in Chinese television free to air, cable and satellite programming, and in which Mr. Huang has a majority shareholding, has been granted distribution rights to the competition for an as yet undisclosed amount, believed to be in excess of RMB 2,000,000,000. over 6 years.

    It is not clear how this International competition will impact on, or be impacted by, the “World Series” competition inaugurated by Australian mining magnate Mr. Andrew Forrest, but Mr. Huang is reported to have told the South China Post that he saw no reason the two competitions could not complement each other and work together to resolve any potential issues, including player eligibility, transfers and remuneration.

    From the New China Daily 03/31 /2018 (English Edition)
    Correspondent Adrian Gu Xin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren View Post

    From the New China Daily 03/31 /2018 (English Edition)
    Correspondent Adrian Gu Xin
    Beijing Bureau
    Well if Gu Xin says so, it must be true.

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    2 billion Renminbi is ~A$400 million, so over 6 years that's A$66 million a year. Given the figures which Forrest has been talking about, that seems to be the right sort of ballpark.

    Given the number of places Mr Huang is talking about having teams, and the similarity of some of them to the IPRC's sides, maybe a two-tier competition with promotion and relegation could be set up with a merger of the two.

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    What a dastardly act and on today of all days!

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    How would the Rebels meet the financial criteria?

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    Well, given the date ...

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    Rebels !!!!!! FFS
    as long as this isn’t April fool joke ,(sorry if I’ve been sucked in) this is a knock back surely
    And we won’t get our force players back from melb either

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    You’re a nasty man Darren.
    Almost as nasty as the friend of mine who gave his kids chocolate coated cherry tomatoes as Easter Eggs today. The unholy union of April Fools and Easter Sunday could not go unobserved!

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    Has Twiggy been informed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewM View Post
    Almost as nasty as the friend of mine who gave his kids chocolate coated cherry tomatoes as Easter Eggs today. The unholy union of April Fools and Easter Sunday could not go unobserved!
    Hahaha! I must remember that one. Sure it wasn’t really you Andrew!

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    When he told me yesterday of his plan I was tempted to copy it, but all credit must go to him

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    Well done Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveWA View Post
    Well done Darren
    We have fulvio to thank for this easter Sunday diversion

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    I've been had.

    urgh.. got me good.

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