Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Pacific Six Nations tournament

  1. #1
    Champion Contributor no.8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Western Australia
    Posts
    1,370
    vCash
    5000000
    MO-vember Donator TWF Contributor!

    Lightbulb Pacific Six Nations tournament

    AUSTRALIA's next generation of rugby players are to be given even greater exposure next year, with the International Rugby Board poised to announce the creation of a $25 million Pacific Six Nations tournament.

    Australia 'A' will take on the Junior All Blacks, the Test teams of Japan, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga next June and July if, as expected, the IRB signs off on the ambitious project this month.

    The IRB had been pushing for a round-robin tournament but it seemed likely there would be two pools of three with the pool winners playing in the final.

    There is also a proposal that the Brumbies and the Western Force for content would play some of these teams as well (in non-tournament matches) and that there would also be a link between the island teams and Japan with the two franchises in terms of up-skilling their players and coaches.

    Even though all present indications are the tournament final will be fought out between Australia A and the Junior All Blacks, that outcome is not guaranteed and the ARU intends locking in a match against the Junior All Blacks outside the Pacific Six Nations series.

    We want Rugby and want it now!!!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Brother Gallagher I hear you

  2. #2
    (formerly known as Coach) Your Humble Servant Darren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia, Australia
    Posts
    13,822
    vCash
    276000
    TWF Competition Winner! Dry July! MO-vember Donator TWF Contributor!
    Junior All Blacks... The Small Blacks ??

    Now will a free to air station pick up the broadcast? Anyone wanna drop a line to thier mate at foxtel about a sponsorship deal with TWF

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Dear Lord, if you give us back Johnny Cash, we'll give you Justin Bieber.

  3. #3
    Player MysticBalls's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    205
    vCash
    5000000
    I think it's demeaning for the countries of Japan, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to be playing what will amount to full international test matches against Australia A and NZ A . Doesn't this undermine the World Cup concept of eg Fiji vs a full strength Aust or NZ ? Didn't Samoa reach the semis of World Cup without their country origin or country of choice Samoans who were actually in the All Black team or tied up in Euro club contracts?
    This anachronism (of qualifying only for your professional country base) has skewed Real Internationals away from PI countries and definitely towards Aust and NZ.
    If country of birth/choice was instituted, Samoa's chances of winning the World Cup would go from possible to probable. How would Aust & NZ view this?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    21,564
    vCash
    50000
    MO-vember Donator Member of the Order of TWF TWF Contributor!
    MB, to my knowledge the countries you mention won't have access to their full WC squads for this Comp as they will be playing in Europe or Japan Clubs so it is a level playing field.
    To play a first string Wallabies or All Blacks wouldn't help either nation and would further chew into the amount of matches our players are allowed to play under the Players Accord.
    In any case the ARU has withdrawn from this comp to build the APC depth first so it is really a NZ issue now.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  5. #5
    Player MysticBalls's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    205
    vCash
    5000000
    Thanks Burgs for the update. ARU has made the right move- to consolidate our own competition.
    Maybe NZ will do the same. The Tri-Nations tornament of Fiji,Tonga,Samoa has been going for some time (how long?) and is now added to by Japan. I'm wondering if the IRB has considered adding a second tier to the PI Tournament with PNG, Vanuatu, Solomons, New Caledonia ?
    So much potential there untapped.
    How does the IRB deal with the country of birth/choice issue for World Cup teams?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

Similar Threads

  1. The road to France
    By Burgs in forum Articles
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-07-07, 15:14
  2. IRB Pacific Nations Cup kicks off this Saturday
    By Burgs in forum Pacific Nations Cup
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 18-05-07, 10:41
  3. Schedule set for 2007 Nations Cup
    By Burgs in forum International Rugby
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-04-07, 02:53
  4. Australia A to join Pacific Nations Cup in 2007
    By The InnFORCEr in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 19-10-06, 12:16
  5. Six Nations Tournament
    By Burgs in forum International Rugby
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-02-06, 09:27

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •