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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    Same team as in Team Asia?

    I thought that was going to be China based and backed by Bay of Plenty? Something seems amiss.

    Either BOP are partnering up with the AP Dragons and forming a new Asian side. Or BOP arent involved and Team Asia is a rebranded AP Dragons side. Or the AP dragons are gone and BOP merged with this new side.

    Very confusing, I wish they would clarify considering all the news about BOP earlier.
    Or it could be the AP Dragons partnering with BOP playing out of China.

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    Or it could be ...
    the permutations are endless

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCRugger View Post
    Or it could be the AP Dragons partnering with BOP playing out of China.
    Almost, they're playing out of Hawaii

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    it's interesting to note that the season opens in HK against Samoa - an astute move imo. Hopefully the unrest in HK will not impede things

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    Lets hope every game doesnt fall on a friday at some shit time again to appease RA and the religious zealots.

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    Just a funny side note, 4 of the 6 teams are somehow all related to a bird of some kind. The Manuma, Latui, Falcons and the black swan.

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    Would really like to know how extensively they are going to market this. Particularly in Asia. The quality of Rugby should be good enough for these markets to be marketable. Gaining traction and eye on TV and bums on seats will be the defining challenge of the league.

    Because if it can then we could see it grow further to maybe one having Hyundai enter the fray playing out of their nice little facility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewM View Post
    it's interesting to note that the season opens in HK against Samoa - an astute move imo. Hopefully the unrest in HK will not impede things
    The HK 7s is still going ahead and Mark Evans said that when he went to HK a couple weeks back everything seemed to be ok in relation to the rugby side of things.

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    Manuma Samoa team named for Global Rapid Rugby season

    Manuma Samoa, a squad of home-grown players based in Samoa, will compete with five other sides in Season 1 of Global Rapid Rugby.

    The team was revealed on Thursday, along with four of the five other sides that will compete in 2020: Western Force (Australia), Fijian Latui, South China Tigers (Hong Kong) and Malaysia Valke.

    A press release from Global Rapid Rugby states that Manuma Samoa is “an exciting, home-grown squad capable of anything, particularly on a redeveloped home stadium in Apia.”

    Manuma Samoa’s first match is on the 13-15 March weekend, against the South China Tigers in Hong Kong.

    There are a further nine rounds of competition, before the top two sides face off in a grand final on the 5th or 6th of June in Perth, with total prize money exceeding $1.8 million tala.

    After the Showcase Series of matches last year, Global Rapid Rugby CEO Mark Evans said expanding the competition with more teams and more games is exciting.

    “In particular, providing Fiji and Samoa with access to a full-scale, international competition is an enormous result for the sport worldwide,” he said.

    “We have worked hard to ensure all teams’ travel times and days away from home are similar and I know all the teams and unions involved share our expectation around how even the competition will be.

    “We hope all fans of elite sport get behind their teams and ensure loud and proud crowds provide a real home ground advantage.”

    The Manuma Samoa’s training squad of 58 began training together on the 4th of November.

    That group is made up entirely of local players, including the Manu Samoa’s Afa Aiono, Iakopo Mapu, Melani Matavao, Patrick Fa’apale and Malu Falaniko.

    Already locked in for the Perth-based Western Force are Manu players Henry Stowers, AJ Alatimu and Henry Taefu.

    Manuma Samoa 2020 training squad: (Bold = Manu Samoa player)

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    Saini Iese (Vikings)
    Noel Sanft (Chiefs)
    Alo Mauinatu (Eels)
    Sapani Penaia (Tornadoes)
    Malaefono Gaupule (Knights)
    Alofaaga Sao (Vikings)
    Brook Toomalatai (Navigators)
    Siliva Tapu (Eels)
    Steve Eliu (Knights)
    Frank Sio (Knights)

    Hookers
    Afa Aiono (Chiefs)
    Jenny Taateo (Navigators)
    Frank Tupuola (Knights)

    Locks
    Theodore McFarland (Vikings)
    Aukusitino Ulugia (Vikings)
    Ioelu Kitiona (Chiefs)
    Kerisimasi Tiumalu (Legends)
    Steve Tuiuli (Eels)
    Miracle Faiilagi (Eels)

    Loose forwards
    Elia Tolufale (Chiefs)
    Nissan Aitui (Vikings)
    Liahona Vaegaau (Chiefs)
    Setu Sikoti (Legends)
    Anzac Pago (Vikings)
    Pao Lauama (Chiefs)
    Joe Faleafaga (Tornadoes)
    Tusi Tavita (Chiefs)
    Iakopo Mapu (Chiefs)
    Tufa Seiuli (Chiefs)

    Halfbacks
    Pupi Ah See (Chiefs)
    Ionatana Tino (Eels)
    Vaimoli Toniga (Knights)
    Melani Matavao (Chiefs)
    Collin Palamo (Tornadoes)
    Dave Puleiala (Vikings)

    First fives
    Patrick Fa’apale (Eels)
    Jordan Muese (Warriors)
    Alosio Afa (Knights)
    Joyner Key (Chiefs)

    Centres
    Chris Leota (Chiefs)
    Faleniu Iosi (Eels)
    Tulolo Tulolo (Chiefs)
    Frank Tato (Vikings)
    Ueta Avaoletuna (Eagles)
    Faaaliliu Mitivao (Chiefs)
    Malu Fagalele (Chiefs)
    Sooalofaina Tamilo (Tornadoes)
    Johnny Samuelu (Chiefs)
    Manuia Tiumalu (Legends)
    Samu Iosua (Legends)

    Outside backs
    Papu Wulf (Navigators)
    Ivana Eli (Eels)
    Dennis Maresa (Eels)
    Henry Wulf (Eels)
    Malu Falaniko (Eels)
    Larry Mitivao (Chiefs)
    Filimoni Filimoni (Knights)
    Mathew Evile (Chiefs)
    https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/sport/53303

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    Wonder who is coaching the samoa team? Looks like they are taking the same approach as the Latui/Drua and giving professional opportunities to on Island talent.

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    Only 59 players in the squad, hope they don't get too many injuries

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    Wonder who is coaching the samoa team? Looks like they are taking the same approach as the Latui/Drua and giving professional opportunities to on Island talent.
    Which is great to see. Something the Islands have needed for some time is home grown opportunities to play the game professionally.

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