Super 14 expanding to LA

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Canadian_Rugger, Feb 13, 2008.

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  3. fsquid

    fsquid Guest

    While I think a Super 14 team in LA is a bit out there. One thing is for sure, US Rugby will be going places with Mr. Roberts in charge. He seems to be one of those people who simply gets things done.
  4. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    USA but not a Pacific Islands team?
  5. USA_Rugby

    USA_Rugby Guest

    I agree^

    although it would be cool to have a USA team, the Pacific Islands deserve one more.
  6. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    I don't think it's about who deserves it. It's rather about getting into an untapped rugby market. A market with lots of people in a developed country. With opportunities for lucrative deals and contracts eminent. Grow of rugby is of course a priority too. I think this is an exciting prospect for one
  7. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Roberts knows exactly what he's doing. He was the guy who negotiated the largest sponsorship deal in New Zealand rugby history with Adidas.

    Roberts knows New Zealand and knows that they're eager to expand the All Black brand into unchartered territories in order to recoup the lavish amount of dosh splashed out in the last few years. Become a commercial success in North America and you can build as many 90,000 rugby stadiums as you like across New Zealand you'll be so flush with cash!

    USA Rugby really have made the best decision hiring Roberts and Melvile to manage the game and if they can get a team in at Los Angeles or whatever in the Super 14, the better.

    On another note, he's now talking about the NA4 as the "Super 6" and is even confidently talking about the long rumoured tri-nations of Argentina, Canada and the USA contributing club sides for a Super-14 style competition. Even if Argentina do not join either the 6 or 3 nations, they will benefit from this increased co-operation between USA Rugby and the other top 9 rugby nations.
  8. C A Iversen

    C A Iversen Guest

    Seems like this guys is a pretty exciting idealist who has a lot of motivation and work-ethic behind him and although these things won't happen overnight, they may be reality in say 5 years.
  9. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    well i dont know how well it would go. having a team on that side of the world would make travel for the teams a nightmare.

    though ill no more about that next week as i am off there then.

    would be good for the game, for usa rugby more than anything though.
  10. fsquid

    fsquid Guest

  11. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Oh for the love of- all travel from New Zealand to anwhere beyond Perth is a nightmare!!! Get used to it! Its a fact of life! Until they develop teleporters, you're going to have to fly to games!
  12. BLR

    BLR Guest

    I never had any pull to go to the US but watching the Force play in the US, yes please!
  13. O'Rothlain

    O'Rothlain Guest

    What he is effectively doing is keeping USA Rugby on everyones lips.
    The idea of us competing in the Super14 is a bit far fetched. However, what he is doing is letting the world know we are here, we are developing and we are ready for more competition.
    It's not going to happen anytime soon.
  14. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Says the man from Baddiliy-boing Odawidaho...
  15. YES! now I dont have to go to college!
  16. KZNSharksFan

    KZNSharksFan Guest

    Oh for the love of- all travel from New Zealand to anwhere beyond Perth is a nightmare!!! Get used to it! Its a fact of life! Until they develop teleporters, you're going to have to fly to games!

    Easy for you to say but european teams never stay on a plane for more than 4 hours. A team from South Africa would travel fully to the other side of the world AND still have to tour Australia and New Zealand. Players are falling to pieces already with the expanded trinations, Northern Hem tour, Southern Hem tour etc etc etc. Its a great idea but totally impractical. There should be an Americas tournament where Argentina, USA and Canada have their own competition. The gap between teams skill would be small (as opposed to say the "California Bears" vs the Crusaders) and thus would provide good tight games AND promote rugby all over the Americas
  17. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Oh blah blah blah. All players in rugby are falling apart from exhaustion, it isn't just a SH phenomenon and if you think that, then that kind of explains the arrogance towards any kind of NH player, doesn't it?

    I'd rather turn down the idea on the basis of ability or funding, rather than a totally pussy explaination about "jetlag". TRY HARDER!
  18. Dmx#1

    Dmx#1 Guest

    Just make the americans stay in aus, nz or sa so that our countries don't have to bother traveling. I think this would increase the the chances of this happening.
  19. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    The whole point of this proposal is to get quality rugby IN America, not take the little it has OUT

    Oh and Prestwick stay on topic or I'll have to neg rep you. Get with the program!
  20. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Sorry? I thought that discussing the logistics of a possible American addition to the Super 14 was on topic! :p
  21. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    This is an interesting scenario, America is currently the biggest untapped market for Rugby in the World... They love their sports there, they are also starting to adopt sports they don't know much about for the reason that the rest of the world are not adopting their sports... I would love to see Rugby take off in a big way in America, it is starting to in the universities, and by the sounds of it they have a plan to try and get more people involved. Just through the Rugby Forum, I have noticed the number of American Rugby Fan's who have joined up during the World cup increase ten fold, so this can only be a good thing...

    Logistically it won't be much of a problem in the next 10 years, because developments in flights will have improved, so you won't have the exhaustion from flights and travelling... I think even now that you could include a team from the USA into the Super 14, whether it is the correct thing to do is another question, I think America need to establish themselves as an International force before they start messing with the other aspect of things, and they need to build a league amongst themselves...

    Could be a very interesting future for Rugby if this ever came off...
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