You make them out like they are planning the battle of the coral sea.
I dont think Auckland will hold onto the Nines for as long as you think. They might have it played in Auckland every second year, unless they enter more teams and hold it over two week-ends. Then you could play the first weekend round in Brisbane, and the second weekend and finals in Auckland, that would work well. Everyone would be happy, the fans, the sponsors and the TV execs and NRL board.
Every second year reverse the finals so both cities enjoy seeing the beginning and finals. I suppose Melbourne will want a part of the action, and probably Perth.
This is going to be huge, you do realise that. Just today Suncorp Corp the stadium hirarky want to hold this event in Brisbane, more retired players are coming forward to have a crack, Free-to-air TV want the rights, and the Salford Devils coach wants to create his own Nines tournament in Dubai, Saudi Arabia.
This will go global, and if they treat it like the iPL Cricket, it will become huge. Buying players to get for your team, billionaires love that stuff.
This is the tip of the iceburg, and the Nines as i knew is a perfect game for this event, it is why everyone is going banana's over the Nines, everyone, even Union.
They must be kicking themselves.
Nines will take over the world as a short form of Rugby, be it League or union.
They need to patient that short version of Nines Tens and elevens.
So NRL nines tens and elevens, Super league Nines Tens and Elevens, World Cup Nines Tens and elevens.
Spread the word.
I like a bit of Hyperbole and the smell of Napalm in the morning.
Invariably it will take off and leave Auckland behind , I was just planting my flag for NZRL and waving a fist at the Union Giant here while the going is good.
We won a bit of a battle the war between codes is far from over,
Radio sport , our local all things sport station here delayed discussing the NRL nines for 24hrs due to cricket coverage , if it had of been a Rugby Union watershed they would have opened up talk back lines on their Am Verus their FM frequency.
Pretty low really , a few phoned in today to hold them to task over it.
Still talking the Nines a day later and other dirty little Unionisms won't quell the thirst for a repeat next year.
It is very important the Nines remain relevant in a NZ context. They could take over the Dominance of the other code as such that would make for a team that could compete with Australia and England on a whole other level.
Edited by mt smart, 20 February 2014 - 08:12 AM.