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    Posted: 08 November 2018 at 9:14am
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One year in and Andrew Forrest is already revamping the competition he launched to rival Super Rugby.

World Series Rugby will become Global Rapid Rugby next year, and will include an American team based in Hawaii, while a team from Hong Kong has also committed to the competition.

Sides from Singapore, Malaysia and Fiji are also considering committing to the proposed eight team tournament, which includes the Western Force, who were booted out of Super Rugby following the 2017 season.

Forrest, a billionaire Australian businessman, labelled the competition a "new and bright dawn" for Australian rugby last year, and has been vocal in encouraging New Zealand teams to get on board.

That includes the seven-point try, awarded if a team launches a successful attack from within their own 22. The Crusaders, who played the Force in a friendly during the June window, were the first team to pull it off.

While there are still many details to iron out ahead of the next instalment of the competition, which has been referred to as "the IPL of rugby", it's pencilled in to run from February to June, and will include a prize pool of AUD $1 million (NZ 1.07 million).

"It's a brilliant new name for a brave new beginning," Forrest said in a statement.

"Rapid Rugby is the perfect name that speaks directly to what we will deliver in 2019 and beyond – a dynamic sports and entertainment concept.

"We are working hard on taking the success of the 2018 series in Perth (played under the banner World Series Rugby) and super-charging it for the Asia-Pacific region, and I am confident it's going to be even more innovative and exciting than what people experienced this year.

"Our team continues to work alongside the sport's governing body, World Rugby, to develop new rules that will make our brand even more appealing. Their input is obviously invaluable."


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KID A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 11:29am
Great stuff. The more private investment into rugby the better in my opinion.
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Ideal for our 'Valley region' too...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote reesytheexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 1:01pm
The Hong Kong team which played Crawshays Welsh last week in the Gnoll as a tour warm up was pretty well organised and certainly looked well funded, although quite a number of ex-pats in the team from all over the place and one very elusive Chinese winger who had a superb side step. If China gets into this it will shift . (A bit off  the thread's track , but just to mention that the Welsh semi-pros in Crawshays did very well and it was a very enjoyable game-Jack Maynard of Llandovery was very impressive)

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KID A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 1:17pm
Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Ideal for our 'Valley region' too...




Based in Merthyr obviously.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aber-fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 2:09pm
This is news to me... interesting.

Is this in some way comparable to what Kerry Packer did with cricket way back when? Wonder how it'll play out.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 3:32pm
Originally posted by KID A KID A wrote:

Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Ideal for our 'Valley region' too...




Based in Merthyr obviously.


Nope, self proclaimed capital of the valleys, Ponty..
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