Discussion in 'International' started by latingringo101, Mar 22, 2019.
This is brilliant
There's also talk of South Africa and Lebanon for next year, and of multiple nations increasing their memebrship to Affiliate level.
MEA could be a 6 team competition for the 2025 WC spot(s)
teslim balogun stadium in Nigeria will host the 2019 African Cup
Interested to see if the new bulldogs kid gets a run out.
Going to look good with League posts
Some real good buzz around Nigeria.
It's worth noting that Nigeria is the 3rd largest Commonwealth country, with Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa also being big population members.
An African championship development could be a crucial piece of RL or RL9s becoming a Comm Games medal event.
It's arguably our only hope of getting in.
We arguably have zero (or almost zero) presence in the Asian Commonwealth nations, so need another large group of participants outside of Europe and Oceania.
We are definitely making more progress in and around Africa than say the Carribbean / Americas were really we only have Canada and Jamaica.
A handful of African commonwealth nations including South Africa and Nigeria. Definitely a ton more room for growth here too.
Jamaica is the biggest country in the Caribbean, and Canada really the only important inclusion in North America.
UK and Malta the only Commonwealth nations in Europe.
We're strong in the Pacific with Vanuatu and Solomon Islands likely entrants on top of Aus NZ PNG Fiji Samoa Tonga.
Guyana is the only South American nation eligible. They have a small Union community and national team, and also some links to the Latin Heat RL organisation.
India is due for its first international match this year and hopefully we can see some growth off the back of that.
Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka have nothing but could be targetted.
2022 or maybe 2026 inclusion could be realistic goals if growth in Africa and Asia is pushed as a priority.
You don't actually have to be particularly good at a sport to enter the Comm Games, participation and a governing body will be enough for some nations.
Right now we could easily stage a 12 team, 4 continent event. That could grow to 16 with very little work, or 20+ with it as a priority.
UK and Malta might be the only Commonwealth Nations, but thankfully from a Sport perspective, the UK is broken up include:
Isle of Man
We can definitely put out 4 teams there, and arguably we could possibly pull together a team for 1-2 of the others.
But yeah, Africa is definitely where we can force our way in. Asia will come around, there is already some domestic work in India happening, but it's a lot further behind where Africa is at.
I forgot that the UK competes as separate nations at the Comm Games!
"UK and Malta the only Commonwealth nations in Europe."
And Cyprus, too !
RLEF FB page reporting Burundi, Nigeria, Lebanon and South Africa are bidding for 2020 tournament..
Do Cyprus have a team?
Hopefully this sees the tournament expand with regards to the nations of teams taking part.
To keep costs down they could arguably go 8 teams with knock outs so do the whole event over 3 rounds or about 8 days, with those knocked out playing for placings.
G1: Team 1 v Team 8
G2: Team 2 v Team 7
G3: Team 3 v Team 6
G4: Team 4 v Team 5
G5: Winner G1 v Winner G2
G6: Winner G3 v Winner G4
G7: Runners Up G1 v Runners Up G2
G8: Runners Up G3 v Runners Up G4
Cup: Winner G5 v Winner G7
3rd Place: Runners Up G5 v Runners Up G7
5th Place: Winner G7 v Winner G8
7th Place: Runners Up G7 v Runners Up G8
Never mind, lazy reading
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