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Wooo Hooo...

Australia and New Zealand will co host the 2017 RLWC after beating off the other bidder, South Africa!

....meeh, who am I kidding, no one gives a s##t.

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They do, and a federation. HOwever according to reports the SA Govt doesn't recognise it.

One wonder why when you have so few potential hosting nations, there is a need to have a joint hosting. Especially when both nations have handled tournaments on a far larger scale.
Still, it's another event to add to the list.

Hopefully Auckland can bid and host the final this time, it would be deserved. Oh sorry, I mean, I hope they find some random field in Christchurch, but out some beanbags round the field and let them host it. :rolleyes:

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Agree about the joint hosting. So why don't the SA Govt recognise it?

not noticed?

I think Rugby League wanted SA to host but knowing it was unlikely, leaned towards Australia but with NZ as a prerequisite...All to do with revenue and profile and the success of the new Nines format helped. We know Aussie could host alone, but the ho-hum factor was in play here.

NZ will pick up a quarter final and a semi final knowing, by record, the Kiwis will be there...But there will be a separate bid for the Final. Clearly an Auckland v Sydney v Brisbane v Melbourne competition. The geographical reach of League in both countries is narrow. Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch in NZ really the only places with full facilities. Wellington throws up an interesting scenario with the proposed 12500 seater Hutt Stadium designed for Football, could easily become a League venue.

would like to read Rol's angle on this for the Australian POV...he's a League supporter.

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For someone from Rugby ignorant Germany:

What's the difference between Union and League?

Rols!!!...some help here.

Basically League have two less players, 13, instead of 15 for Union, and allow for six in possession tackles with the ball as long as the handling side holds on to it. After six tackles they must release the ball to their opponents...usually by kicking the ball forward but then attempting to gain repossession by forcing a knock forward which surrenders the ball back to you.

It does make the game move faster, but also error ridden so making it a crowd pleaser. Union is all about hard tackles and regaining and grinding forward with unlimited tackles as long as possession is maintained without forcing the penalty of not releasing the ball if on the ground. But also opening up the backline to high speed running to the try line.

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Rols!!!...some help here.

Basically League have two less players, 13, instead of 15 for Union, and allow for six in possession tackles with the ball as long as the handling side holds on to it. After six tackles they must release the ball to their opponents...usually by kicking the ball forward but then attempting to gain repossession by forcing a knock forward which surrenders the ball back to you.

It does make the game move faster, but also error ridden so making it a crowd pleaser. Union is all about hard tackles and regaining and grinding forward with unlimited tackles as long as possession is maintained without forcing the penalty of not releasing the ball if on the ground. But also opening up the backline to high speed running to the try line.

Thanks!

So, the new Olympic version, Rugby Sevens, is that then closer to League because it's less players? Or a completely different kind of game? Where do they take the players from?

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Thanks!

So, the new Olympic version, Rugby Sevens, is that then closer to League because it's less players? Or a completely different kind of game? Where do they take the players from?

Yeah, pretty much just the back line of a full Union team, all to do with high speed running of the ball. Because of Sevens' intensity, ten minutes play each way. Perfect for a full Olympic program, can be played from pool matches to the final in two days...

League has a version called Nines, same format but with the six tackle rule, needing the extra two players over Sevens.

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:) Well the "Nines" are back on in Auckland this weekend....The super high speed version of the 13 man game.

The two day tournament at Eden Park has once again outshone the now failing Wellington Sevens round being hosted a week later.

ARL are still iffy about the event due to it's early start to the season (more the fact Eden Park is needed as a cricket ground next month) and player's health is of concern.

Rugby League in this part of the world is highly lucrative and player investment is foremost in most Clubs minds.

:D STILL a great weekend to be had...Looking forward to it.

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