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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiap View Post
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    If you scroll down there should be a recording with just the McRobbie bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    If you scroll down there should be a recording with just the McRobbie bit
    Just really confirmed the 6 teams this year are HK, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, Samoa, and Western Force. Will be some marque players playing this year and more next year. More announcements coming very shortly. Games will be played in April and May, if I heard correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    If you scroll down there should be a recording with just the McRobbie bit
    I tried one that but it ended at 10am for me, before McRobbie got on.

    Mileages may vary, perhaps?

    Anyway ... good find and thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiap View Post
    I tried one that but it ended at 10am for me, before McRobbie got on.

    Mileages may vary, perhaps?

    Anyway ... good find and thank you.
    He is talking about this one


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    Scroll all the way down, it's the second to last soundbite. 6 teams confirmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    Ah well, if it's six teams, maybe we might just get a league table and a finals?
    Let's hope common sense prevails with a world cup pre game series to follow... fuck this year is getting exciting...

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    So it appears that Japan and Hawaii, yes Hawaii, after all their shit and their youtube video claiming they had the funds to provide a professional team and even wanted a polynesian superstar team they were the ones that pulled out. Japan I can understand given the circumstances with their home world cup. But after all the promoting of Hawaii including getting the Rock Dwayne Johnson to endorse the side, they pulled out. Throw em in the garbage and tell em either commit to pro rugby or dont waste the time of people trying to pull a comp together.

    We all knew possibly 6 teams would start this season so I am a little confused why we had to go a showcase series when originally 6 teams was declared for the first season. Bizarre.

    Heres the article from the otago times:

    Competition delay leaves players in limbo

    By Steve Hepburn

    Sport Rugby


    Players from the South left in limbo as a result of the delay to the Global Rapid Rugby competition are believed to be remaining in Singapore, though they may have a shorter stay.
    The competition was the brainchild of Western Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest, who had made loud protests when the Western Force was kicked out of Super Rugby in 2017.

    The Western Force had played some games last year under new rules and was looking to use these rules in the new competition.

    The Asia Pacific Dragons, based in Singapore, were part of the new competition and coached by former Otago Boys' High School first XV coach Ryan Martin, who moved to Singapore after being assistant coach for Otago in last year's Mitre 10 Cup.

    Players from the South who have travelled to Singapore with the intention of playing for the Dragons include hooker Sekonaia Pole, lock-loose forward Joketani Koroi, halfback Kurt Hammer and young Dunedin back Zac Harrison-Jones.

    Forrest announced last week the full competition would be delayed until 2020 due to an inability to get everything organised in such a short time. Matches had been due to kick off next month.

    A statement from the organisers last week outlining the delay said they were planning to have games this year "in Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australasia to give fans, viewers, players and coaches a live taste of what is to come in season one in 2020''.

    Some of these games may be played in New Zealand, though the full details will not be confirmed until later this month.


    The New Zealand players in Singapore had signed contracts and were intending to stay in Singapore and play in a few games. The season was supposed to last into late June but it may last only four months.

    Players were still waiting for the exact details. It is believed a team from Hawai'i and a team from Japan pulled out of the competition, leaving just six teams.

    Clubs in Dunedin has raised concerns about the prospect of the Global Rapid Rugby competition and how it was robbing players from the local club competition.

    Now, with the shortened competition in Singapore, these players may well come back to play for their clubs towards the end of the club season.

    The new rules for the competition include no kicking out on the full from behind the 22m line and a time limit on how long scrums and lineouts would take
    https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/co...-players-limbo

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    Scroll all the way down, it's the second to last soundbite. 6 teams confirmed.
    Ta, I do see it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Spartan-I have to ask ... what drugs are you on?
    I vote for NOT anti-psychotics

    probably NOT anti-anxiety either

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    Looks like with those dates I will have one membership up for grabs!

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