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Expansion... Wait for it... Sth Africa


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#41 tigersfan

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:55 AM

New ish to RL so may be a dumb comment, but all the big Aussie sides are in the east of the country. Surely if the NRL is looking to expand, the other bits of their own country would be more logical, than a country where the white population in obsessed by Union, the black population by football



#42 robinson2

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:02 AM

New ish to RL so may be a dumb comment, but all the big Aussie sides are in the east of the country. Surely if the NRL is looking to expand, the other bits of their own country would be more logical, than a country where the white population in obsessed by Union, the black population by football

AFL has a greater geographic reach than the NRL so it's not a dumb question at all. Back in the 90s there were teams in Perth and Adelaide (and there's NZ of course) who folded for various reasons but it's a pretty safe bet that whenever the next wave of expansion comes, Perth will have a team again for TV reasons as much as anything else. 



#43 londonrlfan

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:46 PM

I disagree with notion that SA should be good at RL, because they are at RU. I mean football is the national sport there, yet they've only qualified for the WC three times, once as a host. It's no crime that they're not dominant at RL. I don't think it'll be long until they're usurped by Ghana as the best African RL nation, with the game spreading there fast and the access to heritage players in the UK.

 

A better market for the NRL to target is China. I don't care if it's a pre-season friendly, a NRL game, an Origin match, WCC or an ANZAC test, whatever just take a match there. If we want to grow the game globally, then Asia and the Middle East are the two markets to go after. Chinese people don't know what 'rugby' (either code) is, so there'd be no hostility towards the sport from the start, unlike in SA. The NRL should also give away TV rights for free to Chinese TV, that's what the NBA and NFL did and now Basketball is huge in China.