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  • It was specifically said the twelve would be based on their world rugby ranking, bloody nonsensical



  • The key change I'd like to see is doing a away with the Third Bledisloe.

    The other change I'd make is to turn the June and November tests into mini-competitions. Three teams play each other twice.

    This June the All Blacks could have played France twice and Samoa twice. In November it could be the All Blacks against Ireland twice and England twice.



  • @machpants Yeah, and I specifically mentioned another, better, way of doing it.

    Apart from the US, which has its professional sports kept in a situation of unnatural scarcity and systems to prop up the perennial losers, the rest play with promotion-relegation leagues. They reward success and punish failure, which fixed leagues do not.

    World Rankings, even if you accept they are accurate, change all the time. As noted above, once put in a non-propomotion league the ability of teams to get out is almost zero, because they only play low ranked sides.

    The other thing about promotion-relegation is that it brings intense interest at the end of the season to teams at the bottom. They are still playing for something. I watched Waikato's games at the end of last year, albeit with dread, because of that.

    My brother used to reckon that play-offs for the old Div 2 in rugby were as intense as playing for the Div 1 championship. I went to North Harbour vs Waikato to go up (a long time ago) and it was as intense as any game I have ever been to. Winning that game meant something.



  • I wasn't arguing that you weren't right, just pointing out rubbish that Pichot had come out with.



  • So it looks like not much change, with tours/6N/RC counting for points, then a couple of semis/final at the end some where? Good luck getting the NH clubs to sign up to an extension of any season for those two weekends or, if it is done during official 'tours' window, that makes everyone's games outside the top 4 totally pointless!

    Still the ABs will make it to the semis pretty much every year, it's not knock out, and if that's more money for NZR all good. A test is a test I don't need some league to make me interested, fucking friendlies my arse.



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  • @machpants said in NH International Rugby:

    So it looks like not much change, with tours/6N/RC counting for points, then a couple of semis/final at the end some where? Good luck getting the NH clubs to sign up to an extension of any season for those two weekends or, if it is done during official 'tours' window, that makes everyone's games outside the top 4 totally pointless!

    Still the ABs will make it to the semis pretty much every year, it's not knock out, and if that's more money for NZR all good. A test is a test I don't need some league to make me interested, fucking friendlies my arse.

    I have a question or two.

    The format of the comp is that each of the 12 teams play each other once. That's 11 tests for each team. (I presume Mr Pichot has also got player welfare on his mind in proposing this and reducing the number of tests each year.)

    Let's say that there's 2 points awarded for a win towards this 12 Nations Cup.

    The Six Nations runs and let's say England get the Grand Slam (10 points) and Italy the Wooden Spoon (Nil points)

    Then come the July tests - so the Six Nations all need to play the other six nations presumably.
    So let's say Week 1 it's Irl v SA, Wal v Aus, Eng v Fij, Ita v NZ, Sco v Arg and Fra v Japan.
    Week 2, they all swap around - Irl v Aus, Wal v NZ, Eng v Jap, Ita v Fij, Sco v SA, Fra v Arg.

    NH teams are now knackered so they finish season having played 7 games each. Or they all travel again for a third round, at which some of the SH countries will be licking their lips. So the 6 NH teams will have 8 games under their belts, and SH teams 3 each.

    SH teams now play each other in the RC - once or twice? And, if twice, which results counts points towards the 12 Nations Cup? And what about Fiji and Japan - who do they play while all this is going on? Does the RC expand to become the other 6N?
    Either way, the RC finishes and the SANZAAR teams are on 6 tests each (plus 3 that don't count) and then play 2 more tests to bring them to 8. (or 11 if they play home and away) Or maybe 13 if it's a SH6N championship home and away).

    Or...I don't know.

    Then we get to November. The 6N teams have to play 3 tests in the new 3-week international window agreed to now start at beginning of November.
    So they sit at home and wait for the remaining countries they have to play to turn up. Italy played Japan, Fiji and Arg during July, so they look forward to SA, Aus and NZ turning up in the San Siro each week and make out like bandits.
    England meanwhile open Twickers to await the arrival of Japan, Fiji and Argentina with their newly refurbished £80m East Stand awaiting the err...hordes.

    And after all that, four unlucky teams get picked to be in the playoffs of whom two also have to play a final.



  • @derm-mccrum said in NH International Rugby:

    @machpants said in NH International Rugby:

    So it looks like not much change, with tours/6N/RC counting for points, then a couple of semis/final at the end some where? Good luck getting the NH clubs to sign up to an extension of any season for those two weekends or, if it is done during official 'tours' window, that makes everyone's games outside the top 4 totally pointless!

    Still the ABs will make it to the semis pretty much every year, it's not knock out, and if that's more money for NZR all good. A test is a test I don't need some league to make me interested, fucking friendlies my arse.

    I have a question or two.

    The format of the comp is that each of the 12 teams play each other once. That's 11 tests for each team. (I presume Mr Pichot has also got player welfare on his mind in proposing this and reducing the number of tests each year.)

    Let's say that there's 2 points awarded for a win towards this 12 Nations Cup.

    The Six Nations runs and let's say England get the Grand Slam (10 points) and Italy the Wooden Spoon (Nil points)

    Then come the July tests - so the Six Nations all need to play the other six nations presumably.
    So let's say Week 1 it's Irl v SA, Wal v Aus, Eng v Fij, Ita v NZ, Sco v Arg and Fra v Japan.
    Week 2, they all swap around - Irl v Aus, Wal v NZ, Eng v Jap, Ita v Fij, Sco v SA, Fra v Arg.

    NH teams are now knackered so they finish season having played 7 games each. Or they all travel again for a third round, at which some of the SH countries will be licking their lips. So the 6 NH teams will have 8 games under their belts, and SH teams 3 each.

    SH teams now play each other in the RC - once or twice? And, if twice, which results counts points towards the 12 Nations Cup? And what about Fiji and Japan - who do they play while all this is going on? Does the RC expand to become the other 6N?
    Either way, the RC finishes and the SANZAAR teams are on 6 tests each (plus 3 that don't count) and then play 2 more tests to bring them to 8. (or 11 if they play home and away) Or maybe 13 if it's a SH6N championship home and away).

    Or...I don't know.

    Then we get to November. The 6N teams have to play 3 tests in the new 3-week international window agreed to now start at beginning of November.
    So they sit at home and wait for the remaining countries they have to play to turn up. Italy played Japan, Fiji and Arg during July, so they look forward to SA, Aus and NZ turning up in the San Siro each week and make out like bandits.
    England meanwhile open Twickers to await the arrival of Japan, Fiji and Argentina with their newly refurbished £80m East Stand awaiting the err...hordes.

    And after all that, four unlucky teams get picked to be in the playoffs of whom two also have to play a final.

    Nail. Head.





  • Could have put this in the NH Club thread but the outcome will effect the England campaign.

    Nathan Hughes is torpedoing his chances of playing for England in the EOY tests after a club game where he was cited for striking the head of another player while in a tussle on the ground. I haven't seen the incident but it apparently wasn't a full punch. Trouble is he had to appear on the mat and the offence has to come in at a 6 week level to start. The verdict was about to come down (probably with all sorts of mitigating factors to reduce the ban) when someone noticed he had tweeted 'what a joke' during the process.
    He quickly deleted the tweet but damage was done. Hard to mitigate for remorse and respect of procedure after that so the judiciary has delayed its verdict



  • @crucial

    He's right though.



  • @gt12 said in NH International Rugby:

    @crucial

    He's right though.

    Of course, but since when has being right entered the discussion when you are grovelling for your playing rights with the judiciary?

    Poor bloke probably wrote the tweet, thought twice about it then hit send instead of delete as well. Didn't get to delete it until someone else reacted



  • @crucial

    Not my point. He's an idiot.

    But, he's also right that the citing system and process is a joke.



  • @mikedogz That could have been better with better matching of the Unions with similar looking people.





  • @stargazer said in NH International Rugby:

    With the exception of Cardiff Blues' Jarrod Evans not having a sniff. AGAIN!!!

    And the following injuries, the best we can put out really

    Players not selected due to injury:
    Seb Davies, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau
    Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Owen Lane



  • England are missing a lot of back row players through injury. It looks like we will see Brad Shields against the All Blacks.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/45883071



  • Eddies whole game plan is based around the the hope of a fit and in form Billy V.
    He has realized that risk taking rugby is not in England’s DNA and wants an eleven man game with Farrell at 12.
    Billy V is critical to gain line dominance



  • And Mako, he's pretty big too. Manu T also. They're all broken and/or underplayed, England have not much else to offer grunt wise.