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    "Fale is also involved with the Hawai'i team that will compete from next year, and between the two sides' squads there are 70 positions to fill."

    So Hawaii is still in

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    Get over to GAGR to Hodgo on podcast talking about GRR.

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    Interesting listen. Good to hear they are continuing with the community involvement requirements, and hopefully that will flow forward into the other teams. Very interesting to listen to the general rapprochement between them and RA, probably understandable from their perspective, but all alignment on outcomes aside I hope they never lose sight of the fact that if it becomes successful and starts to make money, RA will want to own it. That is as certain as the sun rises, even if they have to manufacture the circumstances. At all times, bear in mind...friendly is not friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo86 View Post
    "Fale is also involved with the Hawai'i team that will compete from next year, and between the two sides' squads there are 70 positions to fill."

    So Hawaii is still in
    Didn't USA Rugby shoot it down in favour of their own competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Didn't USA Rugby shoot it down in favour of their own competition?
    Possibly that is what is meant then, competing next year, not so much in GRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Didn't USA Rugby shoot it down in favour of their own competition?
    Not USAR's competition but they have sanctioned Major League Rugby which has been on the cards for close to 2 years but delayed thanks to some legal issues. The question is if a Hawaii team fits outside that sanctioning or if MLR which is a separate business are willing to overlook Hawaii in part of their sanctioning agreement. Which may be unlikely as Seattle will be running camps in Hawaii in the northern summer.

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    Well without wanting to rehash this bloody shitfight - just thought this interesting as regards AFL & the little kiddies at night games.
    Why WA juniors are now playing Friday night footy

    Steve Butler
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    Friday, 24 May 2019 5:54AM

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    Friday night footy for kids

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    Children as young as five are playing under lights




    Friday night under lights is WA football’s new weapon to help keep young players in the game.
    With pressure building on the State’s football facilities because of the boom in the female game, clubs are now scheduling night games and sessions for children as young as five.
    The WA Football Commission successfully lobbied the AFL to support playing younger, less contested versions of the game such as Auskick, under dimmer lights than those required for senior levels.


    But WAFC engagement and community football manager Troy Kirkham said the main reasons for the strategy were that surveys showed younger players wanted to play under lights and it gave families more time together for the rest of the weekend.
    Mr Kirkham said a review of last weekend’s fixtures showed 156 games were played under lights across WA, an increase of 36 matches from the same round last year.
    Almost 100,000 women and girls are now registered to play football in WA clubs and schools, 24 per cent up on last year’s figures.
    “That massive increase has been the result of a real strategic push from us to get more opportunities for people to play on Friday and Saturday nights and it’s definitely going to take off,” Mr Kirkham said.
    “We’ve done youth surveys where they’ve been overwhelmingly positive in favour of night footy and even the kids who have left the game, 10 per cent of them say they would return if they had the opportunity to play under lights at night.
    “The feedback from parents is also that they really love it because it gives them their weekends free for family time and other activities.”
    Night matches usually need lighting of 100 lux, but the WAFC had AFL approval to run modified junior games under half that level.
    “That opens up ground availability a fair bit and with the modified rules with no tackling in those age groups,” Mr Kirkham said. “The general principle is that if you can train under the lights at your ground, you can play junior footy under them.”
    Mr Kirkham’s children Torah and Flynn were part of Palmyra Junior Football Club’s night fixtures last Friday, taking part in an Auskick session. He said plans were being mooted to ramp up entertainment such as playing music when kids ran onto the ground for night fixtures.
    WAFC chairman Murray McHenry said night football was a growth area for the game.

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    Just trying to keep the little buggers out of bed long enough to prevent them going to Rapid Rugby.

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    Well its just that apparently the AFL donít seem too worried about kids being out late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    Interesting: From the SCT facebook page

    Global Rapid Rugby is coming to Hong Kong. Don't miss out.

    Sunday 21st April: South China Tigers vs Asia Pacific Dragons
    Sunday 12th May: South China Tigers vs Western Force
    Saturday 25th May: South China Tigers vs Malaysia Valke
    Looks like the Malaysia Valke match is not on today as SCT are playing the HK national team to prepare for the Asia Rugby Champs.

    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    There are rumours that the game in August on the eve of the Bledisloe will be against Malaysia Valke... interesting.
    But maybe this could happen?

    Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a Japanese side, e.g. Panasonic or even the Sunwolves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiap View Post
    Looks like the Malaysia Valke match is not on today as SCT are playing the HK national team to prepare for the Asia Rugby Champs.



    But maybe this could happen?

    Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a Japanese side, e.g. Panasonic or even the Sunwolves
    I have heard it is the Valke as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Well its just that apparently the AFL donít seem too worried about kids being out late.
    And why should they? Go to Asian countries and you see kids out at all times of night.(with supervision) It's just that Aussies are a bit precious about that whole lot.

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    This video is worth a watch, about how the Singapore rugby community has reacted to GRR
    https://youtu.be/ngnQDWTsD-w

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSJ View Post
    I have heard it is the Valke as well
    Now confirmed as Valke with a 6.30pm kick off (was to be 7.40pm) which should really please some people, all of those phone calls and complaints must have paid off

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