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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    I always thought Fox wanted Perth in Super Rugby. Being 2-3 hours behind the east coast, we allowed them an extra time slot in which to schedule a match.

    back in 2006 when it was a choice of Perth or Melbourne, Fox threw their weight behind Perth, didn't they?
    Correct.

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    SA to 6 Nations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hansie View Post
    How good was the first weekend of 6 Nations....
    Speaking of 6 Nations ...

    How credible are these articles?

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/t...98e4978ade69ed

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/ru...World-Cup.html

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    Very credible, I'd hope. Take the Argies too.

    London - Jo'burg 11 hrs
    Buenos Aries - London 14 hrs
    B.A.- Sydney 23 hrs
    Perth-Tokyo 9 hrs
    Sydney-Tokyo 9.5 hrs
    Auckland-Tokyo 11 hrs

    Seems bloody obvious really. Whether the NZRU/ARU like to admit or not Asia/Pacific is the way forward.

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    Probably shouldn't have pissed off Japan then. I guess they just need the Pacific Islands to become economic powerhouses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FingerTips View Post
    the daily mail just makes up stories all the time to sell newspapers.
    there's very rarely any truth in their articles.
    foxtel is just quoting the daily mail, so basically, one click-bait article
    but you never know, i'll believe it when/if i see it TBH
    new name could be 'the 6 nations, and them'

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    cider my arse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    I think RA was going to can the NRC after this year anyway.
    RA are sick of WA doing well in the NRC!

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    From the Green and Gold Facebook site- not a great statistic!!

    748 more fans watched Carlton play Richmond in the AFLW last night than both the Brumbie's and the Waratah's home games combined.

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    I didn't realise aflw was so unpopular!

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    C'mon the

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    So, if this gets up, what is the outlook for the NRC - no matter who buys the TV rights? Likely a rhetorical question. But if there is even a tiny grain of truth in their stated support for the game in WA, then a Force team would be a starter in any comp that supercedes the NRC. Could they countenance the possibility of the boys showing them up?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMH
    RA will not own the rights to the Shute Shield but now has the permission of the Sydney and NSW Rugby Unions, and the Queensland Rugby Union, to shop their premier club competitions to interested broadcasters, as well as a new combined competition featuring the top teams from the Shute Shield and Brisbane's Hospital Cup.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...10-p53zi6.html

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    As I would read it, the NRC is gone and what replaces it is the SS, playing as now at the same time as SR and GRR. Whether the Force would be putting out a full second team, or would even be asked to given it is not a 'club', is indeed a question.

    Better question might be whether RA would support someone else putting in place a replacement to the NRC without NSW and Q'ld, or block it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    As I would read it, the NRC is gone and what replaces it is the SS,
    I don't read it that way. I think they mean a combined play off series AFTER the Shite Shield and Hospital Cup are finished. Unless they mean to run it concurrent to the Sydney and Brisbane premierships. GRR will be done by June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    So, if this gets up, what is the outlook for the NRC - no matter who buys the TV rights? Likely a rhetorical question. But if there is even a tiny grain of truth in their stated support for the game in WA, then a Force team would be a starter in any comp that supercedes the NRC. Could they countenance the possibility of the boys showing them up?



    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...10-p53zi6.html
    Yeah, I'd certainly want to see the Force, Rising and Vikings (or at a minimum the winner of the ACT comp each year) still involved.

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    It makes you think doesn't it? Whilst I can see the logic of broadcasting the Sydney and Brisbane premier comps, doing so at the expense of the NRC is kinda like keeping a team that has lost over $30 million dollars. Shrinking to greatness is working wonders apparently. Maybe a new hashtag is needed.

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    Optus will not take on Rugby Australia according to sources despite the inclusion of the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour in RA’s next broadcast deal.

    Sources at the carrier have told ChannelNews that Rugby is seen as being in decline and “does not make sense” and that what is happening right now is “posturing” by management.

    “Rugby Union in Australia is on a death roll attendance is down, few people are watching games yet Rugby Australia wants broadcasters to splash the cash for a code that is seriously struggling” said one insider.

    Foxtel and News Corp who currently broadcast Rugby have moved to rein in costs associated with buying and delivering sports rights in Australia in an effort to get a better return on investment.

    https://www.channelnews.com.au/optus...laim-insiders/

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    That is absolute bullshit according to the 9/Fairfax conglomerate. And Raelene Castle is the messiah who has saved the "grassroots".

    The view from the Murdoch Empire? Raelene just is a naughty girl.

    The view from Optus? Tell 'em all their dreamin.

    News is what you have enough outlets to make it.

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