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    Super Rugby News!

    Ok so with only 4 weeks to go before kick off the news content from the press has been nonexistent!
    How and through what sites are you getting your information?
    What’s the best app?
    Obviously FoxSport isn’t carrying much news and most of the papers still seem to ignore RU!

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    I'll just log on to TWF

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNOB View Post
    Ok so with only 4 weeks to go before kick off the news content from the press has been nonexistent!
    How and through what sites are you getting your information?
    What’s the best app?
    Obviously FoxSport isn’t carrying much news and most of the papers still seem to ignore RU!
    As your signature says keep calm and GRRRRRR on!

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    RA pushing ahead with Super Rugby AU plans as Force eye case numbers

    The Western Force are sweating on the COVID-19 status of NSW and Queensland as Rugby Australia push on with plans to play the Super Rugby AU season as scheduled.

    The hard border closure Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan placed on both NSW and Queensland will be lifted on Monday as both states move into the “low risk” category.

    But even the low risk category requires people travelling to Western Australia from NSW and Queensland to quarantine for 14 days, making the logistics of a national sporting competition impossible to manage.

    Rugby Australia hopes both states will be removed from the category before the season starts on February 19 but there are also ongoing discussions with the WA government which would allow the Force to return to Perth without quarantining and permit the same for both the Reds and Waratahs when they travel west if Queensland and NSW hit a certain COVID-19 threshold.

    That threshold is believed to be a streak of 14 days with five or fewer new cases transmitted within the community.


    “The Western Force are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and are in constant contact with Rugby Australia and the police commissioner,” Force head of rugby Matt Hodgson said.

    “We have not been advised of any proposed changes to the home-and-away schedule already published.”

    RA have several contingency plans in place if the WA border is locked to the Reds and Waratahs and Hodgson said the Force were also prepared for “alternatives”, should the current schedule be thrown out due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

    “As you’d expect in the current environment, our preparations include a number of alternatives if a traditional home-and-away season is not achievable,” he said.

    “But we’re well into preparation for our first home game against the Brumbies on 19 February, and looking forward to welcoming WA rugby fans back to live Super Rugby AU matches.”

    RA are desperate to avoid a situation similar to last season, which left the Rebels on the road for months.

    Some Rebels staff who then joined the Wallabies did not see their families in person for almost nine months.

    The one element RA have up their sleeve is time.

    The Brumbies are due to travel to Perth in round one before the Force enjoy their first bye of the season in round two.

    If the WA border situation is not resolved by the time round three arrives - when the Waratahs will host the Force in Sydney - RA will likely activate a bubble set-up which would permit travel to and from Perth but restrict players and staff from doing anything outside of playing and training.

    If that isn’t possible, RA would then look to relocate the worst affected franchise as they did with the Rebels last season.

    But RA will push on with Plan A - which involves playing the season as is currently scheduled - until it is impossible to do so.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...24-p56whf.html

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    We're the rebels the worst affected side last season?

    The force didn't have any time at home at all, surely that makes them at least equal

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    RA pushing ahead with Super Rugby AU plans as Force eye case numbers

    The Western Force are sweating on the COVID-19 status of NSW and Queensland as Rugby Australia push on with plans to play the Super Rugby AU season as scheduled.

    The hard border closure Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan placed on both NSW and Queensland will be lifted on Monday as both states move into the “low risk” category.

    But even the low risk category requires people travelling to Western Australia from NSW and Queensland to quarantine for 14 days, making the logistics of a national sporting competition impossible to manage.

    Rugby Australia hopes both states will be removed from the category before the season starts on February 19 but there are also ongoing discussions with the WA government which would allow the Force to return to Perth without quarantining and permit the same for both the Reds and Waratahs when they travel west if Queensland and NSW hit a certain COVID-19 threshold.

    That threshold is believed to be a streak of 14 days with five or fewer new cases transmitted within the community.


    “The Western Force are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and are in constant contact with Rugby Australia and the police commissioner,” Force head of rugby Matt Hodgson said.

    “We have not been advised of any proposed changes to the home-and-away schedule already published.”

    RA have several contingency plans in place if the WA border is locked to the Reds and Waratahs and Hodgson said the Force were also prepared for “alternatives”, should the current schedule be thrown out due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

    “As you’d expect in the current environment, our preparations include a number of alternatives if a traditional home-and-away season is not achievable,” he said.

    “But we’re well into preparation for our first home game against the Brumbies on 19 February, and looking forward to welcoming WA rugby fans back to live Super Rugby AU matches.”

    RA are desperate to avoid a situation similar to last season, which left the Rebels on the road for months.

    Some Rebels staff who then joined the Wallabies did not see their families in person for almost nine months.

    The one element RA have up their sleeve is time.

    The Brumbies are due to travel to Perth in round one before the Force enjoy their first bye of the season in round two.

    If the WA border situation is not resolved by the time round three arrives - when the Waratahs will host the Force in Sydney - RA will likely activate a bubble set-up which would permit travel to and from Perth but restrict players and staff from doing anything outside of playing and training.

    If that isn’t possible, RA would then look to relocate the worst affected franchise as they did with the Rebels last season.

    But RA will push on with Plan A - which involves playing the season as is currently scheduled - until it is impossible to do so.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...24-p56whf.html
    Thanks Volvo I’d missed that one.

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    The mentioning of a possibility of operating interstate matches under quarantine "bubble" protocols is encouraging. That worked pretty well for the NRL last year, if not equally for all, so hopefully McGowan will look favorably on something similar.

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    While I suppose the Force & RA are hopefully contingency planning; the opening home game looks hopeful. Providing the virus is not lurking undetected between now & Sunday week. According to tonight's Govt announcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    While I suppose the Force & RA are hopefully contingency planning; the opening home game looks hopeful. Providing the virus is not lurking undetected between now & Sunday week. According to tonight's Govt announcement.
    The jury would still be out on whether the gates will be opened though wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    The jury would still be out on whether the gates will be opened though wouldn't it?
    The way McGowan put it last night I took him to mean things will return to pre-lockdown restrictions at midnight on Sunday 14th. !4 days all up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    The way McGowan put it last night I took him to mean things will return to pre-lockdown restrictions at midnight on Sunday 14th. !4 days all up.
    So with 14 days until kick-off, when do we think the membership cards/packs will be ready?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    So with 14 days until kick-off, when do we think the membership cards/packs will be ready?
    Pick up at the door?

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    Looks like the Trans Tasman comp will go ahead

    BREAKING: Australians will be able to travel overseas quarantine free for the first time since the Covid pandemic began - A Trans-Tasman travel bubble will commence on Monday April 19. NZ PM
    @jacindaardern
    says: "This is an important step forward" #7NEWS #auspol
    https://twitter.com/jenbechwati/stat...84133881421827

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    I look forward to all of the Australia sides being mauled by their Kiwi counterparts

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