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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Has anything been resolved on the future of the Sunwolves after SR. Was speaking with a guy involved with Sunwolves at the Singapore Force game. And he mentioned they could be keen on being involved in GRR , possibility that Hodgo/Twiggy have already spoken to them. I believe the Rebs still think they have ties with them, whatever that means.
    I would hate for the Sunwolves GRR team to become the feeder team for the rebels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Has anything been resolved on the future of the Sunwolves after SR...
    I would hope that the moment the World Rugby Nations Championship got canned GRR was in their ear. The impression I got was they were pinning almost as much hope on that as RA, so I can't help wondering if their perspective might have changed...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    That Hawaii page is not an official page affiliated with rapid rugby or Fale's group. It looks like it was created by a fan. I would not take that as confirmation of a Hawaii franchise
    Correct. It’s definitely not official and nothing has been agreed.

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    Great seeing 4 rapid rugby names in Tonga's PNC squad. Also great to see Onehunga there as well

    Tonga Pacific Nations Cup squad 2019:

    FORWARDS

    Paea Fa’anunu (Castres), Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Stade Francais), Toma Taufa (Bayonne)*, Paul Ngauamo (Agen), Elvis Taione (Exeter Chiefs), Sefo Sakalia (Asia Pacific Dragons), Ma’afu Fia (Ospreys), Siua Halanukonuka (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92), Leva Fifita (Grenoble), Onehunga Havili (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Lousi (Hurricanes)*, Steve Mafi (Castres), Zane Kapeli (Bay of Plenty), Fotu Lokotui (Kagifa Samoa), Nasi Manu (Benetton Treviso), Sione Vailanu (Saracens), Ma’ama Vaipulu (Castres).

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    Sami Fisilau (Auckland Marist), Leon Fukofuka (Kagifa Samoa), Tane Takulua (Newcastle Falcons), James Faiva (SilverStorm El Salvador)*, Latiume Fosita (Kagifa Samoa), Otumaka Mausia (Auckland)*, Siale Piutau (Bristol Bears), Nafi Tuitavake (Northampton Saints), Viliami Lolohea (Papatoetoe), Afa Pakalani (Eastwood), Cooper Vuna (Bath), Tevita Halaifonua (Coventry), Fetuli Paea (Tasman).

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    Steve Mafi also spent some time here in WA at

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    And Onehunga Havili. Ex Force too.

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    Elvis Taione has connections with WA rugby doesn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Elvis Taione has connections with WA rugby doesn't he?
    Wiki says he played 6 games for us in 2012 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Taione) although it was from the EPS. We had Nathan Charles and Ben Whittaker as our main hookers that year.

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    Sydney will play host to a mouth-watering weekend of World Cup primers after the grand old dame of club rugby, Randwick, secured a blockbuster clash with Argentina on the same day the Wallabies play Samoa at Bankwest Stadium.

    The match, the finer details of which are still to be finalised, is earmarked for September 7 in the traditional club rugby time slot of 3pm.

    Home away from home: Argentina have developed a close link with Randwick and their Coogee Oval training base.
    Home away from home: Argentina have developed a close link with Randwick and their Coogee Oval training base. CREDIT:BROOK MITCHELL
    It would set up the prospect of a top-flight double header – albeit on different sides of the city – with the Wallabies hosting Samoa at the new Parramatta venue at 7.45pm.

    Randwick hope to stage the match at Coogee Oval but have not yet secured agreement to do so, with groundskeepers usually focused on preparing the seaside venue for the coming cricket season at that time.
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    The news has left Australia's Pacific Island neighbour and World Cup rival Fiji nonplussed.

    Sources told the Herald that the Fiji Rugby Union had offered to play the Pumas anywhere on the east coast on the same weekend as the rising nation looked for a tough primer before they faced Australia in the sides' opening World Cup pool game on September 21.

    Flying Fijians: The Pacific Island nation upset France in November last year and beat the Maori All Blacks two weeks ago.
    Flying Fijians: The Pacific Island nation upset France in November last year and beat the Maori All Blacks two weeks ago. CREDIT:AP
    The potential fixture had even been approved by World Rugby, who approached the UAR on Fiji's behalf, and had interest from promoter Bart Campbell.

    Pumas coach Mario Ledesma, who has booked his side in for a two-week pre-World Cup camp in Sydney, made no mention of Fiji's offer in an interview on Wednesday, telling Rugby Australia news site rugby.com.au that the team had considered a clash with the Western Force in Perth but ruled it out because of the extra travel.

    Fiji are ranked ninth in the world, one spot ahead of Argentina. The clash would have pitted two rising Test teams against each other in a tough match, something Fiji believed would stand its team in good stead before facing the sixth-ranked Wallabies in Sapporo.


    Argentina play France in their World Cup opener in Tokyo on the same day.

    The Pumas were contacted for comment.

    Randwick, meanwhile, were delighted to secure the game. Galloping Greens and Wallabies great Simon Poidevin said the news was a coup for the proud club, which also hosted the All Blacks in a famous 1988 clash featuring the likes of Michael Cheika, Eddie Jones, David Campese and the Ella brothers for Randwick and John Kirwan and Gary Whetton for New Zealand.

    "For the Australian rugby public to have the opportunity to see Argentina close up on the eve of the the World Cup is phenomenal," Poidevin said.

    "Argentina finished in the top four in the last World Cup and they're a formidable world power now."

    Iconic match: David Campese runs the ball with the All Blacks' John Kirwan in pursuit at Coogee Oval on June 22, 1988.
    Iconic match: David Campese runs the ball with the All Blacks' John Kirwan in pursuit at Coogee Oval on June 22, 1988.CREDITYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    Ledesma developed close links with the club during his time as an assistant with the Waratahs and Wallabies and deepened the connection when he took over coaching Argentina's Super Rugby team, the Jaguares.

    Now under guidance of Gonzalo Quesada, the Jaguares continue to call Coogee home whenever they come to Australia, training at the oval and staying in the nearby Crowne Plaza.

    The Pumas have also stayed there this week, opting to use Coogee Oval as their training base before flying to Brisbane on Thursday night ahead of their Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies on Saturday.

    The September 7 game could feature Randwick products Ben Donaldson and Will Harrison, who starred for the Junior Wallabies at the Under-20 World Championship in Argentina last month.

    There is also the chance Randwick could pick up fringe Wallabies, although the game will also clash with the opening round of the National Rugby Championship.

    Bummer! What a great match that would’ve been!

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    Wonder why Rugby Australia’s journalist felt the need to put that bit in......

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    The news has left Australia's Pacific Island neighbour and World Cup rival Fiji nonplussed.

    Sources told the Herald that the Fiji Rugby Union had offered to play the Pumas anywhere on the east coast on the same weekend as the rising nation looked for a tough primer before they faced Australia in the sides' opening World Cup pool game on September 21.

    The potential fixture had even been approved by World Rugby, who approached the UAR on Fiji's behalf, and had interest from promoter Bart Campbell.

    Pumas coach Mario Ledesma, who has booked his side in for a two-week pre-World Cup camp in Sydney, made no mention of Fiji's offer in an interview on Wednesday, telling Rugby Australia news site rugby.com.au that the team had considered a clash with the Western Force in Perth but ruled it out because of the extra travel.
    Maybe the two without a dance partner should arange a date?

    Force vs the Fiji test team.

    Sure, we beat Latui (Fiji A). Time for the next step!

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    Let's see how the Wallabies perform against the Pumas.

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    I'm tipping the Pumas to win this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Sydney will play host to a mouth-watering weekend of World Cup primers after the grand old dame of club rugby, Randwick, secured a blockbuster clash with Argentina on the same day the Wallabies play Samoa at Bankwest Stadium.
    Gives Rugby Australia an excuse if they don't sell out the Samoa game: "There was another international match on at the same time, and that was easier for people in Sydney to get to!"

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    Randwick pantsed by los Pumas, Wallabies smashed by Samoa a la 2011

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