Good post.mrbrownstone wrote: ↑Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:00 amYeah, I fully understand the rationale. But if you're trying to build enthusiasm, interest, and fanfare for a new competition, I'm not entirely convinced a combined South Island team is the way to do it. I know I'd far sooner support a Crusaders' women's team than a combined South Island team.WoodlandsRFC wrote: ↑Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:52 amThere's just no standard of women's rugby in Southland for there to be an Otago based team, it makes sense, women's rugby is hugely popular down there, so it'll be good to see some of the local talent that represents our 7s and 15s teams given an avenue to continue rugby through out the year at a professional standard.mrbrownstone wrote: ↑Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:30 amGreat news thisFemale players will be paid for their participation in the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki in 2022.
On Wednesday, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed a new elite four-team women's Super Rugby for next year, running for four weeks in March.
Three of the four teams will be aligned to the three North Island Super Rugby franchises – the Blues, Chiefs and Hurricanes – and the South Island team will be based in Christchurch in partnership with the Crusaders and Highlanders.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/women-in- ... ompetition
My only qualm is that back-to-back-to-back-to-back FPC champions (with another final this weekend) Canterbury weren't deemed worthy of their own franchise, but rather the combined South Island team. Otherwise this is a big step in the right direction.
It sounds harsh, but if women's rugby in the south isn't up to the standard to support a franchise, then cut them out entirely, at least until the competition is ready to expand. The top players will still be picked up by the new squads anyway.
Teams need to be build around ‘communities’. People follow sports teams because we have a need to belong - this is why the NRC never worked. No one in QLD Country considers themselves part of that disperse thing - there’s no community to belong to. The people belong to Toowoomba, Darling Downs, ‘Townsville’ or ‘North Queensland’, etc.
Having said that, don’t South Islanders hate the North?