Wibble Rugby: The Champions Series | England 03

Hi Boys,

Finally got this done, its two months work, and is unbelievably satisfying with it finally being finished. But god i’m glad its done;

It is incredibly long, and as such the sections are timestamped in the description, but any advice you can give, feedback, all that jazz would really really be greatly appreciated.

Hope you’re all doing good and enjoying Rugby being back!

P.S: How do i get involved in the DTRR cup? Is it too late?

Cheers,

 

Conor

New 24-teams European Cup format revealed

It’s all explained here:

https://www.epcrugby.com/2020/09/02/new-epcr-tournament-formats-agreed-for-2020-21-season/

If you want a video explanation:

https://streamable.com/5972ex

If you want a text explanation I posted one on reddit and I honestly don’t have the courage to do the tables again here since I don’t know how it works on this forum, so:

Thoughts?

In my opinion, it is exciting – less attritional, and we are likely to see some very good games in the pool stage already. H&A QF are fantastic, and now the “best 2nd” shenanigans that often boiled down to how hard your initial pool was will disappear.

For the record, next season, Toulouse will be Tier 4 from Top 14, so likely to face Leinster or Exeter in the pool stages.

Europe wants a Club World Cup

European Professional Club Rugby have announced that they want a 16 team Club World Cup every four years, featuring the eight best teams from north and south. Makes sense to me. Leinster v Crusaders in the final.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/122649110/club-world-cup-advances-as-european-rugby-bosses-find-accord

The New Rules. Or Applying the Rules as Written

so given we’ve had 2 rounds do you want the current interpretation continued or not?  If yes how would you finesse them. Here is Geeches view https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2020/08/23/new-interpretation-laws-breakdown-has-already-changed-game-better/

From my perspective I think it creates room so generally approve. I just hope the refs continue to apply these rules. If only they would do the same for off side.

Is this the Future

Premiership clubs asked to close academies and switch to six regional talent hubs

Plan drawn up by Edward Griffiths envisages players graduating to Championship and, after at least a year, qualifying for Premiership draft

Spotted in the Teletub paper. Note the Prem Vlubs stop paying for the Accadamies and the Championship Clubs fund the hubs to get 1 years access to the trainees. The hubs based on 2 Prem clubs & a Uni. How would ghat work for the Pirates or the far North?

Also splis the Championship into 2 regions. I like that idea

6+2 Nations Tournament in the Autumn

The Irish Times is suggesting there will be a 6+2 Nations tournament this autumn, incorporating Georgia and Fiji (as their players are mainly spread through France and England anyway).

2 groups of 4 (so minimum of 3 matches each) followed by a Final on Dec 5th.

I for one would love to see it happen…

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World Rugby is hoping to provide some clarity this week on a Test match fixture list for the remainder of the year, including dates and kick-off times for the outstanding 2020 Six Nations Championship matches and potentially an eight-team tournament that would involve Ireland, England Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia and culminate in a final on December 5th.

Rugby’s global governing body rescheduled a meeting originally pencilled in for the end of last month in the hope that the additional timeframe would assist in brokering an agreement in relation to Test rugby for the remainder of the calendar year.

Andy Farrell’s Ireland are expected to play Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, October 24th and France in Paris on October 31st, coronavirus permitting. Ireland were due to host Australia, South Africa and Japan over successive weekends, starting on November 7th with a clash against Dave Rennie’s Wallabies.

However, given the Covid-19 pandemic there is little prospect of any southern hemisphere teams travelling north, so instead in a bid to boost revenue for the beleaguered unions, there is a proposal currently being thrashed out to run an eight-team tournament; two pools of four teams, each country plays three matches, with those who finish top of the respective groups meeting in a final on December 5th.

There has been plenty of media speculation, especially in England, as to the identity of the two countries who will supplement the Six Nations’ constituents. The 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) tournament hosts Japan, and Fiji, have been regularly mentioned but it makes more sense that due to coronavirus and travel restrictions for Georgia to be chosen ahead of the Japan.

The majority of the Fijian and Georgian squads play professional rugby in France and Britain which would facilitate the two countries playing in the tournament, minimising travel and the attendant restrictions. The inclusion of a brace of Tier 2 nations would also be a positive step down a road with some way still to travel.

Georgia won all five games in winning the 2019 Rugby Europe Championship, including victories in Romania and Russia. Indeed they have won nine of the last 10 tournaments in that regard and there has been a growing clamour for them to be added to the premier European tournament, the Six Nations or at least be afforded a two-leg relegation-promotion playoff.

While that doesn’t appear likely in the short term, an opportunity to test their mettle against the Six Nations teams would be a decent platform to press claims for future inclusion. If Georgia wants to make a statement about where they are rugby-wise in global terms, this would be the ideal time.

The Georgians won one pool match, against Uruguay at the RWC in Japan, while managing a very creditable 27-8 defeat to Australia. The majority of their squad play rugby in France and it would be reasonably straightforward for them to base themselves there while playing the three matches.

The Daily Telegraph has suggested that Wales are set to play a number of matches, including their re-fixed Six Nations game against Scotland, in London, three at Twickenham and one at West Ham’s London Stadium.

Wales have home advantage in the game against the Scots and the suggestion is that match will be played at the London Stadium, while the Welsh would look to play their other ‘home’ games in the eight-team tournament at Twickenham. The Principality Stadium in Cardiff is currently a field hospital and is expected to maintain that status for the foreseeable future.

An attendance of 40,000 supporters even with current social distancing regulations in England is apparently possible according to sources in Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union are “in advanced negotiations” with their English counterparts.

There is no doubt that it would be mutually beneficial as the English RFU will benefit from a rental agreement on their facility and will help as they bid to recoup some revenue on what is forecasted to be a £107 million loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/international/georgia-and-fiji-in-line-to-join-six-nations-sides-in-eight-team-tournament-1.4303333?mode=amp

ENGvsRSA: The Premiere

Hello Gentlemen,

 

I’m premiering this at 1700 BST this afternoon, just in time for copious amounts of beer.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbpEG9e8yVs

 

Would be a privilege to have you on there, with the chat function so discussions/mini chat room can be had, and you can relive my pain and quite possibly yours too!

 

Hope you guys are keeping safe,

 

cheers all,

 

Conor

Top international coach for Glos and World Rugby calendar vote

The man who started the Leinster golden era and took a team from nowhere to the RWC final has been linked to Glos. Are we overjoyed?….

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/cheika-linked-with-surprise-move-to-premiership

Meanwhile on 30 June there will be votes on the new global calendar and an international window this year from October. T14 understandably don’t want to play through the summer, but want a Spring world club cup every four years.

For me rugby is a winter sport, especially in a hot place like southern France or South Africa. The key for me is having test windows without club matches in the middle.

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/world-rugby-to-vote-on-completing-2020-season-further-talks-on-new-global-calendar-to-be-held/