NRL Expansion. Ideas and opinions.

Discussion in 'NRL Expansion' started by StadiumXIII, Sep 23, 2017.

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Who would you admit as the next team into the NRL?

  1. Perth

    60 vote(s)
    68.2%
  2. PNG

    6 vote(s)
    6.8%
  3. Wellington/2nd NZ team

    2 vote(s)
    2.3%
  4. Adelaide

    3 vote(s)
    3.4%
  5. Darwin

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  6. Fiji

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Central Coast

    2 vote(s)
    2.3%
  8. Central Queensland/4th Queensland team

    6 vote(s)
    6.8%
  9. Samoa

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  10. Other (please specify)/No Expansion

    7 vote(s)
    8.0%
  1. Perth Red

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    Bring'em back
     
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    Just not those god-awful jerseys. An Adelaide team (or any new franchise) needs it's own iconic colours... not a Newcastle rip-off.
     
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    Get the Warriors back to 1995 (original) colours, and the Rams can come back in red & black.

    It just makes sense.
     
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    Not only that but get the warriors back to being the Auckland warriors.
     
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    I think the way the Tongan fans have come out to support their team is a big indication of how well a South Pacific team would do based out of Auckland.

    It'd mean a game every week being played in New Zealand, which would help grow the game in NZ too.

    They could draw players from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands, along with the Pacific population already living in New Zealand (there's more Tongans, Fijians and Samoans in NZ than in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa).

    Then they could have a NSW/QLD Cup team that plays home games in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to help grow the game there)

    It really does seem like a can't miss option.
     
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    Would people really get behind a generic Sth Pacific brand? Surely the passion for Tonga is coming from Tongans getting behind their national team, not some hybrid multi island branded club?
     
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    What makes it generic mate?

    It'd be developing the game in their country and engaging the same fans (plus the Samoan and Fijian fans) that have bought tickets this time
     
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    I think whenever you lump things together and come up with a non identity generic mish mash then you arent going to get the same enthusiasm and buy in. Would kiwi Tongans really get excited about backing a Sth Pacific team over the Warriors? It'd be like English following a European team. The Tongans are coming out in force because it is their nation that is being represented. I doubt many identify themselves as a "South Pacific'er": If the Warriors werent in Auckland it might work as it would be the only option to follow an NRL club but seems you would be cutting into the Warriors rather than attracting a different fanbase, look at the Kiwi crowd and how that has been affected by the Tongans having an alternative.
     
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    Totally disagree mate. There's definitely a Pacific Islander bond. Comparing that to Europe is a total false equivalency.

    Again, if this hypothetical club was developing a pathway for players coming from Tonga they would definitely have an emotional bond to it.

    Just look at how revered the All Blacks are for Pacific Islanders in Union. It represents a chance for them to create a better life for themselves and their families.

    New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have a big enough population to support two teams. Plus the more opportunities for these kids to chase a career in league, the more the popularity over there will grow.

    New Zealand and the Pacific Islands are also the biggest growth region in the sport when it comes to players.
     
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    Dont the warriors already have pathway for players out of the islands? Again you would be eating into the Warriors not creating new fans or players. Would a Tongan choose a PI somethings over the NZ warriors? Would a fan who isnt currently supporting the Warriors or another NRL club? Might make sense if it was a Tongan NRL club playing mostly in Auckland and a few games in Tonga/Hawaii but would their be enough financial support for such a club? It wouldn't come from Tonga so would need to come from NZ or further afield like USA where there is strong links. Its not the worse idea Ive heard but I dot think a generic PI club would be all that exciting for the island nations who have such strong individual identities, thats what makes the Samoa v Tonga clashes something special.

    PS there is no way in the world the ARLC is expanding with any other club in NZ anytime in next two decades so this a very hypothetical debate lol
     
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    Well I disagree with that last part. It's the highest growth area for players in the sport right now, they'd be mad not to try to nurture that region.

    Again, Pacific Islanders have a strong bond mate.

    The more pathways you have for NZ/PI kids to play professionsl rugby league, the more it will grow interest in the region.

    The Warriors might have some development there now, but there's still a finite amount of positions available.

    You only have to look at how many kids jumped from Union to league when the Under 20s avenue became available for them to know that it wouldn't cannibalise the Warriors. It'd draw in new players and fans.
     
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    Playing out of Auckland wouldnt it just be another Auckland team with "Pacific Islands" slapped onto it? Auckland doesn't need another NRL team

    I don't think the PI players need a loosely affiliated team based in a city that already has a club to be able to make it to the NRL, as mentioned the Warriors already have pathways options and most of the other 15 clubs all would have scouts through the islands, recruiting from both rugby codes.

    Im not against a PI team, it could work (preferably not based out of Auckland - where else though?) but I think the NRL need a Perth team, 2nd Brisbane team, 2nd NZ team (wellington or Christchurch or both) and maybe an Adelaide team first
     

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