PNG to Fiji 2011

Discussion in 'International' started by LeagueXIII, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. LeagueXIII

    LeagueXIII Bench

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    PNG will play two games in Fiji this October:

    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=174414



    http://www.fijisun.com.fj/main_page/view.asp?id=58815

     
  2. roughyedspud

    roughyedspud First Grade

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    nice one.......
     
  3. billy2

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    I obviously don't know the cultural implications, but from a football point of view, i'd love to see a lot of Fijians playing in the PNG comp.
    It would be win/win - the Fijians would strengthen the comp and get to play a higher standard themselves.
    Australians wouldn't play for the money on offer in PNG, but other PI players would be happy enough with the money in PNG you would think.
     
  4. deluded pom?

    deluded pom? First Grade

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    Now we're getting somewhere.
     
  5. Parra

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    "“NRL is inviting teams from the Pacific Islands to join the competition in 2015 so PNG will be joining the competition and we have also open doors to Fiji players to join the side"

    Big call.
     
  6. welshmagpie

    welshmagpie Juniors

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    Are they talking about the actual NRL e.g. Australia!

    If so i'm in definate agreement with your 'big call'
     
  7. miguel de cervantes

    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    Great initiative, but a rubbish call.

    If only the NRL/ARL edged towards a more holistic approach to league in the entire region rather than the current "NRL is the be-all and end-all" approach, then the interest that exists in the south pacific could be benefited from to not only strengthen their domestic scenes but the international scene as well.

    Obviously integrating pacific teams into the NRL is a pipedream, but I can't see why a pacific-wide challenge cup style of tournament could not be attempted.
     
  8. Masoe_eats_babies

    Masoe_eats_babies Juniors

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    Costs of travelling? In Union they have the Pacific Nations, that could go alright with domestic teams from different nations playing each other. But money seems to be the bottom line.

    If the NRL didn't have AFL to compete with in Australia I'm sure they'd help the game develop more and front up costs. But throwing money around could hurt the ARL

    In Rugby the IRB just piss money over which ever country they want to develop. Peru Vs Trinidad? They'll throw money there and make it happen :crazy:
     
  9. Titanic

    Titanic First Grade

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    Residents PNG or fullstrength? ... Residents Fiji?
     
  10. welshmagpie

    welshmagpie Juniors

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    With it being an Autumn international i'd imagine full strength sides
     

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