kiap wrote: not_english wrote: kiap wrote:
not_english wrote:That is way too many Aussie teams for their depth. Would rather see 5/3/2 NZ/Aus/PI
Who is paying for your 2 PI teams?
I also have an answer (or more than one answer) but am interested to hear yours.
TV money I guess. Would be nice to give PIs some kind of an option to remain in this part of the world.
Attendance money could be all put in a pot and divided equally amongst the teams. How is that for socialism?
OK. Also, these PI teams:
- (a) Are you selecting from on-island players e.g. in the Super-9, Skipper Cup, etc ... or elsewhere? ... and;
- (b) Will they be stronger than say a 5th-rate ocker side?
The national teams, so realistically can't see any NH based players appearing for them. However it would perhaps offer a pathway for some of their players to get to their national team rather than being absorbed into NZ or Aus (or England, France, Ireland etc these days).
At this point I guess we re-evaluate our goals and say...Do we just want the teams with the best players? (that means more NZ and less everyone else)
Do we want traditional rivalries? - that is why playing NSW and Queensland was good, but the Western Force or Sunwolves less so
Do we want to help the Pacific teams, given that so many of their players have ended up playing for NZ and Aus (without going into the various reasons behind all of this).
IMHO the "idea" of Fiji or Tonga or Samoa means something to people, whereas the idea of The Sunwolves or whatever doesn't really.