- May 26, 2013
I think i might have Georgian roots if I dig .....
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By the amount of former Super Rugby players and coaches that go over there to play for a big increase in their pensions, I'd venture a guess that they're doing much better than us financially.
he deadline for the yet to be named Japanese Super Rugby franchise to sign players expires today and it is understood that they have not signed any players yet.
Super Rugby will expand from 15 to 18 teams next year with an extra team from Japan, Argentina and a sixth South African team.
The Japanese Super Rugby team is expected to be made up of Japanese Test players with a compliment of foreign or marquee players.
Japanese international players earn most of their wages from the company owned teams that they play for in Japan's Top League rather than the Japanese Rugby Union who will operate the new Super Rugby team.
"Without a doubt it's a serious issue which we need to monitor very closely," SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters told The Australian of the recruitment process.
The issue has arisen after World Rugby gave Japan until the end of September to come up with a “revised detailed host venue proposal” after it removed a new national stadium from its venue line-up amid huge cost overruns.
Japan’s biggest problem is that they have little money in their union structure, the corporations have very little interest, also an issue with them competing next year in the Super Rugby including to host the 2019 World Cup. This very victory, may change many minds in Japan. Should they be able to keep up with this over the next 4 years, how great will that World Cup be?
This whole victory is due to all those things already changing years ago.
Government and corporations started pumping money into their rugby and getting world class players to come play there.
If you play against the world's best week in and week out it leaves you no option but to get better yourself.
Add to that they also have a Super Rugby team from next year.
JAPAN’S hopes of making it to the starting line of Super Rugby next year still appear doomed, and their downfall may see the Southern Kings withdraw from the expanded competition as well.
Japan’s new franchise has struggled to get off the ground this year due to an inability to sign players, and a lack of co-operation from the wealthy Top League clubs.
SANZAR grew so concerned about the viability of Japan’s team they began modelling alternate plans for the 2016 competition last month.
Am I the only one not too concerned?
We'll wing it in the second half. Japan is certainly brave but they won't be able to keep it up for another 40min.
Yeah, same. I think the game will open up and we'll run a couple of tries in.
What do you mean "what". Why is it absurd that other teams would have struggled ? I am willing to bet this page to eat in case I am wrong, japan is likely to win other matches in our pool, even if they lose a match(s) it will not be by larger margins we are use to see.