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    Western Force handed brutal travel schedule for 2013

    THE Western Force have been given the most brutal flying schedule of any team in next year's Super 15 rugby tournament, with an itinerary likely to establish the Perth-based side as the most travelled team in world sport.
    The Flying Force, appropriately sponsored by an airline, will take jetlag to new heights as the team crosses 11 time zones from Cape Town in the west to Wellington in the east, flying a staggering 68,000km over just 20 weeks.

    No team in world sport is known to match this feat of flying, which illustrates one reason why the Force has battled with injuries and struggled to make the Super rugby playoffs in its six years of existence.

    The only team in world sport known to have as tough a travelling schedule is the American NHL team Dallas Stars, which before the cancellation of two months' play because of a labour dispute, would have flown 79,761km.

    However, that would have been spread out over a six-month period spanning four time zones in the US.

    The Raiders, who will fly 45,907km, have the worst travel schedule of any NFL team, primarily because of their location in Oakland on the west coast of the United States.

    Apart from travelling to airports and sitting in terminals waiting for flights, the Force are scheduled to spend at least 86 hours in aircraft during the Super Rugby season. This is more than twice the time they will spend on the playing field, with 32 hours of matches scheduled over 16 home-and-away matches, excluding the playoffs.

    The travelling schedule of the Force represents a 76 per cent increase on the 38,680km that the Melbourne-based Rebels will fly this season as the Australian team flying the fewest miles. The Rebels are scheduled to spend 54 hours in aircraft during the tournament - 32 hours less than the Force.

    Even the Cape Town-based Stormers, the most western located team in South Africa, will not fly as many kilometres as the Force. The South African side will fly 41,000km and is scheduled to spend 43 hours airborne.

    Similarly, New Zealand's Highlanders, based in Dunedin in the South Island, will fly only 35,512km and spend 48 hours at altitude, almost half as much time and distance as the Force. The Auckland-based Blues will travel 41,000km and spend 57 hours in aircraft.

    The Force's travel schedule has been made even tougher considering that after their opening away match to the Rebels in Melbourne, they will fly almost 12,000km to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to play the Southern Kings.

    The Perth-side will also fly twice to New Zealand with four weeks for away matches to the Hurricanes in Wellington and the Crusaders in Christchurch, as opposed to having back-to-back fixtures scheduled in New Zealand.

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/rug...-1226528074807

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    Who exactly are the knobheads who set up these schedules for the teams in the first place? Or is this yet another example of an underhanded plot to close down the Force! I smell a rat!! Tired jet lagged players is just asking for another season of injuries.

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    It's a bit of a joke seeing as Australia is in the middle of the competition.

    This may be what we get for asking to have oir first few games away due to the construction at NIB though
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    what a load of horse shit .. i did 35,000kms this year and I was fine

    oh and the Crusaders did even more when their stadium fell over and they made the final!

    anyone who blames "flying" for the reason for increased injuries is in IMHO delusional

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy View Post
    what a load of horse shit .. i did 35,000kms this year and I was fine ;

    anyone who blames "flying" for the reason for increased injuries is in IMHO delusional
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy View Post
    what a load of horse shit .. i did 35,000kms this year and I was fine
    anyone who blames "flying" for the reason for increased injuries is in IMHO delusional
    But I bet you took considerably more rehydrating.

    But spot on re travel. Perth is where it is. And we wanted a franchise. DWI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy View Post
    what a load of horse shit .. i did 35,000kms this year and I was fine

    oh and the Crusaders did even more when their stadium fell over and they made the final!

    anyone who blames "flying" for the reason for increased injuries is in IMHO delusional
    Damn straight Happy! Sharks in the finals last year too!

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    Tired, Jetlagged, Injured.

    Maybe "the brand" can hook us up with some Swisse products?

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    Bear in mind we requested changes 'cos the stadium will not be ready at the start of the season - that is why we are on the road constantly at the start - and it throws the ability to do double ups in SA and NZ

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    Never underestimate the advantage of a bunch of blokes having to travel and live in each others pockets for weeks at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
    Never underestimate the advantage of a bunch of blokes having to travel and live in each others pockets for weeks at a time.
    if that's the case they will probably start on each other during the game...

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    Do these guys fly cattle class or business/first?

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    As they always fly Qantas (presumably as part of the ARU/Qantas sponsorship thing), I think they should all be given Business Class seats!

    Either that or get one of the mining magnates here in WA to shout them a private jet for long haul flights!!

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