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

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I could be losing my mind but does anybody else remember a south African kids side playing in a curtain raiser before the challenge cup in the late 90's maybe?

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The Roosters did sign someone (can't remember his name) but I think he returned to RU quite quickly.

 

SA seems to be running a domestic competition, but it seems to be pretty low-key. They have the ongoing problem with getting official recognition to deal with too. Oddly, the problem doesn't appear to originate with the SARFU in this case. 

 

An exhibition match or an on-the-road NRL game would be a way of testing the waters.

 

SA is predominantly a Football nation, though.

Jp du plessis was his name(google).

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I visited a sports bar run by South Africans in Docklands and they say Rugby League is played in all the schools and is the kids favoutite game just no teams when they leave school.

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I visited a sports bar run by South Africans in Docklands and they say Rugby League is played in all the schools and is the kids favoutite game just no teams when they leave school.

I find that hard to believe but hope it's true.

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West Australian/South African West side NRL faction maybe.

That's a lot of improbable development and money down the track though. Very unlikely it would ever happen.

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It would be a complete waste of time. We need to be putting any effort into making the French better. This will help us more in the long run.

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Weren't those two kids on training contracts and one eventually went back to SA before playing any games and the other stayed in Australia and try his hand in union?

No they both had full contracts, one played in the 20's comp for nearly the whole year but got injured then went back to union maybe in Aust or back to SA but hasn't been heard of. The other player i am not sure what happened too. Both just didn't seem to work out but there was not much news on what happened.

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It would be a complete waste of time. We need to be putting any effort into making the French better. This will help us more in the long run.

True but it would be the NRL and not super league putting down roots in south Africa, it's super league that is in a position to help the French.

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According to goigle JP Du Plessis ended up at the Stormers in the Super 15. Whether he played much I'm not sure.

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Can anyone see the RLWC making a dent in the minds of South Africans, if ever it were to be held there (they have expressed an interest in holding the '17 WC)? More importantly (to me anyway), would SA make a success of hosting it? Personally I'm not sure they'd fill the stadia sufficiently and if it'd catch the public consciousness, but then again the same is true when its been held in more traditional countries too, right? For me, the next WC should be held in Aus/NZ with a commitment given to SA to host the next one, if they were still interested.

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Whilst my view is this is very much Pie in the Sky as much as I would love to see it happen, the flight time between Cape town and Sydney is 14 hours and 15 mins, the flight time between Cape Town and Manchester is 12 hours and 45 mins. With the same time zone as well, surely an SA side would make more sense in Super League....

They would need to expose a lot of people for the game for decades before they would have any chance of this happening.  And that would mean games on TV, at least one per week on free to air, and that would be pretty difficult to achieve. 

 

In a hypothetical future, if Rugby League did take off in SA, then they would either have to have their own strong domestic comp, or the NRL would morph into something more similar to the Super Rugby Championship we have now.

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I visited a sports bar run by South Africans in Docklands and they say Rugby League is played in all the schools and is the kids favoutite game just no teams when they leave school.

Funny guy!!! :shout:

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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

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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. 

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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.

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