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    Hearing through the grapevine, the Lions might be planning to join the Amlin Cup, and then when promoted, the Heineken Cup. This is if they are to make way for the Kings. And if they are accepted over there.

    Also, a while back SARU threatened to break away from SANZAR because NZ and AUS always serve their own interests. And joining Europe might be the solution.

    So, what do you think about a move to Europe and joining their competitions ? Wether it be the Lions or even all our teams ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmailer9 View Post
    Hearing through the grapevine, the Lions might be planning to join the Amlin Cup, and then when promoted, the Heineken Cup. This is if they are to make way for the Kings. And if they are accepted over there.

    Also, a while back SARU threatened to break away from SANZAR because NZ and AUS always serve their own interests. And joining Europe might be the solution.

    So, what do you think about a move to Europe and joining their competitions ? Wether it be the Lions or even all our teams ?
    Logistical nightmare but the time difference would be less of a pain.

    If the lions are dropped from Super Rugby I will be happy for them if they can make this happen.
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    SA teams join a second tier competition? NO THANKS

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    Could be a lucrative move for the Lions, more lucrative than staying home doing nothing from next year onwards. Would be interesting to see how competitive they would be....

    On the other hand what of the cost of relocating the entire Lions squad to UK for 3 months of the year??? mmmmm, as Devill mentioned logistical nightmare...
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    Well, i think the idea is for the Lions to play home games in JHB, thus the European teams play their away games at Ellispark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rakabos3 View Post
    SA teams join a second tier competition? NO THANKS
    Agreed. Hopefully it does not come down to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmailer9 View Post
    Well, i think the idea is for the Lions play home games in JHB, thus those teams come play here on their away games at Ellispark.
    Yes, that will still be a nightmare.

    It is the same as when SA was screwed in the tri nations as NZ hopped over for their vs AUS games but we traveled 16 (?) hours on average....
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    well, lets see what happens.

    at least there will be minimal jetlag

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    This will be the best thing ever. Europe is where our teams should play and the Lions will take the lead. Many Saffas in Europe will support them and it need not be a logistical nightmare as the Lions will also get home games. European teams will want to come to SA especially as it will be in their winter. European players can then also play for Lions. The sooner this happens the better. Bring it on!
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    Gatvol of superugby. Let NZ and Australia play Japanese teams. We belong in European league. Our time zone, more money, more sponsorship interest. Kings was stupid not to go for this. Lions, if they have the guts for such a bold move, will do well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeVonk! View Post
    Gatvol of superugby. Let NZ and Australia play Japanese teams. We belong in European league. Our time zone, more money, more sponsorship interest. Kings was stupid not to go for this. Lions, if they have the guts for such a bold move, will do well.
    No thank you. I like the Southern Hemp rugby.

    If the lions are booted from the S15 I will happely watch them play in the Northen Hemp rugby comps
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeVonk! View Post
    Gatvol of superugby. Let NZ and Australia play Japanese teams. We belong in European league. Our time zone, more money, more sponsorship interest. Kings was stupid not to go for this. Lions, if they have the guts for such a bold move, will do well.
    SANZAR made the massive mistake of making the SR comp so long. Rugby needs to stay fresh to stay entertaining and keep the interest. They made the opposite. And as usual our teams are paying for it.

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    I'd go for this, actually. Another thing that I think should be considered is the progress that the Lions make overseas. If they play and do well at Heineken cup, eventually, it paves the way for rugby to expand beyond our NZ-A "partners" and may even provide some leverage in negotiations at a later stage.
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    Also note that Amlin Cup is a damn good competition and more than just "B" league. The HC teams parachute down to Amlin Cup as they get knocked out. The semis are played between some very strong teams this year. Ideal place for Lions. Winner of Amlin Cup gets HC place next year.
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