Tier 1 expansion - the great debate.

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Which Tyler, Oct 13, 2019.

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What format do you prefer?

  1. Status Quo: 6N, QN, ENC and PNC but never the twain shall meet

  2. Divide by hemisphere: Invite Japan, US and Canada into the ENC; add Uruguay, Namibia, Bra to the PNC

  3. Split Europe v RotW: Promotion/relegation between 6N and ENC; same between QN and PNC

  4. Something else, I'll reply specifically below.

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  1. higgik

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    6N would be reduced to 6 weeks and the second part 6 weeks, with week between, so a total of 13 weeks. Ending at end October. So August, Sept and October for international, domestic NH November to May, Reduced season, as this would also mean higher level of comp.
     
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  3. mdaclarke

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    Perfect opportunity to cap some younger players so they can't be picked by other nations
     
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    Haha. I had the same thought but TBH I don't like the idea of almost 'spite-capping' youngsters. I'd prefer an honest 'we are interested in you long term cap' from SARU just as I want players in the u20 team not to use it as a platform for exposure and then pushing off to other nations. It should be honest from them as well and if they represent SA at u20 it should be because they are interested in representing us at senior level.

    That said I do believe we will see a few new faces depending on injury and how these players go in SR. So I am expecting a few new faces at position we need to develop depth. At 8 I see us going with either of Jaco Coetzee or Cobus Wiese. Maybe Marco van Staden at 8 or Kolisi moving to 8 to accommodate Van Staden at 6. At 10 and 15 I expect to start seeing the likes of Damian Willemse and Warrick Gelant getting more opportunity. Maybe Joseph Dweba at 2 or a new face at lock if we are looking to keep it local for the inbound tests.
     
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    That's wishful thinking. It's the last game before the RC starts, so my guess is that the new coach would use that match more to play a few senior players who might get some rest after the SR, and have one or 2 or 3 debutants play. Our squad is still very young, so there is really no need to go overboard and cheapen the jersey, especially now that we are the World Champions too...
     
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