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QRL Expansions

Discussion in 'QRL Competitions' started by expansionist, May 9, 2020.

  1. expansionist

    expansionist Juniors

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    Hi Guys, hope you saw this release on Thursday, regarding the announcement of a Bid for a French Pacific team to enter the ISC.

    Sport: New Pacific rugby league team proposed for ISC

    A new Pacific Island rugby league team based in New Caledonia and Vanuatu is targeting a place in an expanded Intrust Super Cup (ISC) competition.

    The Pacifique Treize Rugby League bid was officially launched this week and hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Papua New Guinea Hunters, who have been playing in the Queensland Cup since 2014.

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    The Pacifique XIII aims to play home matches in Noumea and Port Vila. Photo: Supplied

    The 2020 ISC season was cancelled in March due to Covid-19 but the group behind the Pacifique Treize bid say their aim is to join the competition in 2023.

    The six-member steering committee, which included representatives from the French Pacific, Australia and Vanuatu, had spent the past 12 months investigating the feasibility of the bid.

    "We are looking forward to the engagement process with the Intrust Super Cup officials and other relevant stakeholders to meet the guidelines required for entry," said Pacifique Treize Communications Director, Laurent Garnier.

    "We believe in this project and we are confident of our success. This will be a real advancement for the competition as we seek to bring a new, interesting product for the fans and we hope to engage with the Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) community in Queensland so that we can create a great atmosphere for the fans at the away games as well as the home ones."

    The Pacifique Treize bid planned to establish a close relationship with Vanuatu Rugby League and would look to play 10 home games in Noumea and two in Port Vila if they were successful in gaining entry into the ISC.

    "We are very supportive of the Pacifique Treize bid and have been consulted and engaged throughout the entire process by the bid team," said the acting Vanuatu Rugby League President Antonio Korikalo.

    "The Pacifique Treize bid aligns with our objectives, particularly to provide pathway opportunities for talented ni-Vanuatu into high performance programs and into semi-professional and professional playing opportunities and showcasing top level rugby league in Vanuatu.

    "We are currently working on a partnership agreement to formalise our relationship and how we will jointly deliver VRL / Pacifique Treize activities in Vanuatu moving forward".

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    Vanuatu hosted Solomon Islands in Port Vila in 2016. Photo: Supplied / Ron Zwiers / Vanuatu Rugby League

    The Noumea-based bid hoped that establishing an elite Intrust Super Cup side would also help to boost the development of rugby league throughout French speaking Pacific territories including New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia and Vanuatu, which have a combined population of almost 800,000.

    The Queensland Rugby League (QRL) had previously stated their desire to expand the competition from 14 teams to 16 by 2023 and discussions with the Pacifique Treize steering committee had been ongoing since mid-2019.

    "As the competition grows to 16 teams, we are confident that we can provide the added value that the league is seeking," Laurent Garnier said.

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    Noumea's Stade Numa Daly hosted the 2019 OFC Champions League final. Photo: OFC via Phototek

    Pacifique Treize said they had taken inspiration from the success of PNG Hunters, who won their maiden Queensland Cup title in 2017, as well as the rise of the Toronto Wolfpack from a non-rugby league city in Canada to a place in the Super League.

    The bid is also watching the progression of the Kaiviti Silktails from Fiji, who made their debut in the third tier of the New South Wales Rugby League system earlier this year.

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    The PNG Hunters have been an inspiration to the Pacifique XIII bid. Photo: PNG Hunters Media

    Supporters are encouraged "register as a fan" at www.pacifique13.com to be a part of the bid journey going forward, including a competition to select the mascot and team name later this year.
     
  2. The Partisan

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    In two minds on this one.

    On one hand, yes it grows the game in the Pacific and has the opportunity to expose emerging French players to a higher standard of compeition. May even attract Oz / NZ based players looking for something different. Especially those with Pacific Islands heritage.

    Also creates more opportunities for sport and commerce / trade to work together.


    On the flip side, I see it as another obstacle for regional 'bush' footy areas as the QRL budget may get stretched further and local leagues funding cut.
     
  3. yakstorm

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    The Pacifique Treize bid team has no intention of taking away funds from that the QRL have directed towards to their grassroots programs / etc and much like the Hunters, Wolfpack, Silktails, etc know that they will need to pay for the other QCup teams to fly in & out of New Caledonia & Vanuatu in order to be accepted.

    The intention is for it to be a completely self-sufficient entity and hopefully even help the QRL generate extra funding.



    Admitting the Pacifique bid shouldn't have any negative impact on the QRL's ability to continue supporting grassroots RL in the state.
     
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  4. The Partisan

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    Probably right Yak.

    May even appeal to the wider Pacific Islander communities across the state as a supporter base.

    Some exposure via multicultural media like Radio 4EB in Bne would be good too.

    I think occassionally introducing new structures, teams, comps gives the game a boost, especially in regional areas of our state.

    Must be a historical link to a particular region of Qld that this new proposed team can play on to form a tradition / combatted annual trophy. Bit like the Hunters Anzac Day weekend games v Burleigh or Sunny Coast.
     
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    Darwin should join
     

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