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This is fantastic, I'd love to see RL being played in brazil, Venezuela, Cuba etc. As stated in the article Latin America is a huge market and potential gold mine for RL, even more so with many south American countries economies booming.

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Great story, good luck to them. Also great to read about Colombia v Jamaica this year too  :)

 

This is fantastic, I'd love to see RL being played in brazil, Venezuela, Cuba etc. As stated in the article Latin America is a huge market and potential gold mine for RL, even more so with many south American countries economies booming.

 

Well, I came across this the other day, but it looks like RL in Brazil happened in 2013. http://www.portaldorugby.com.br/noticia/25-brasil/7138-rugby-league-reina-em-baixo-guandu

 

South and Central America are the only places left without RL, so it looks like South America is starting up too.

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Good to see that this is making a splash. 

 

Mancunians in Manchester have teamed up with Latin Heat to be their Northern Hemisphere Exiles team. We don't anticipate hundreds of players but we're already getting some interest from Latin Americans wanting to try their hand at league. 

 

http://wearemancunians.com/2013/12/08/mancunians-link-with-latin-american-rugby-league-side/

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Anyone know what happened to Argentina? They hosted an Australian Police RL tour a few years ago.

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Great story, good luck to them. Also great to read about Colombia v Jamaica this year too  :)

I find this very intriguing. I'll be cheering on the Colombians.

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You could set up London Latino.  Where's the nearest big park to Elephant and Castle?   Probably a sponsor to underwrite it, these guys aren't rolling in it.

 

The thing with getting RL into South America is infrastructure.  I've been in Chile for a month now and was thinking about this sort of thing.  In Valparaiso, there's a real shortage of flat land, as it is known for its unusual hilltop architecture, though conceivably some of the former dockyards would make a interesting and accessible area to have rugby fields.  In Santiago, there are pockets of land across the city that could be used for rugby league but they would need to be bought/leased now because little by little these pockets are being turned into shopping malls or housing developments, as young Chileans want to live in the classic cookie cutter suburb.

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You could set up London Latino.  Where's the nearest big park to Elephant and Castle?   Probably a sponsor to underwrite it, these guys aren't rolling in it.

 

The thing with getting RL into South America is infrastructure.  I've been in Chile for a month now and was thinking about this sort of thing.  In Valparaiso, there's a real shortage of flat land, as it is known for its unusual hilltop architecture, though conceivably some of the former dockyards would make a interesting and accessible area to have rugby fields.  In Santiago, there are pockets of land across the city that could be used for rugby league but they would need to be bought/leased now because little by little these pockets are being turned into shopping malls or housing developments, as young Chileans want to live in the classic cookie cutter suburb.

Would you need a dedicated rugby pitch? 

 

There are some american football pitches and plenty of soccer posts to which to long poles could be temporarily attached.

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Depends where you are. In the hood, for want of a better phrase, kids play futsal on basketball courts. The nicely-kept fields are either private schools or clubs or they're controlled by one of the major football clubs.

Besides the reason why things so quickly fall apart is because there's no infrastructure.

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Depends where you are. In the hood, for want of a better phrase, kids play futsal on basketball courts. The nicely-kept fields are either private schools or clubs or they're controlled by one of the major football clubs.

Besides the reason why things so quickly fall apart is because there's no infrastructure.

I think there are many reasons things quickly fall apart.  The main one might be trying to play as many games as possible with as many teams as possible in rich countries where people have plenty of ther things to do.

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Hope Brazil take up tgg ,got family there so they would have to be my team in south america  . If they play our game with the same flair and excitement they do other sports , could be quite the treat in store.

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Hope Brazil take up tgg ,got family there so they would have to be my team in south america  . If they play our game with the same flair and excitement they do other sports , could be quite the treat in store.

Brazil are pushing 7's for the Olympics, with some rather good adverts.

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Looks like the Latin Heat now have their own website (http://latinheatrl.com/) and from the sounds of it from their Facebook page they're going to be live streaming their game against the Philippines this Saturday if anyone is chasing a hit of international RL.

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An update on the Latin heat fixture and the article mentions the intriguing possibility of a team starting up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
http://www.nrl.com/global-game-breaks-new-ground/tabid/10874/newsid/75896/default.aspx

Just seen that it is possible to watch a webcast of the game via the LatinHeat website :tongue:
Thanks to sponsors Guzman y Gomez and Gringo TV you can watch a webcast of our game versus the Philippines on Saturday (Jan 18) at http://latinheatrl.com from 6.45pm Queensland time, 7.45pm Sydney time, 5.45pm Manila time, 8.45am London time, 9.45pm Auckland time, 6.45am Sao Paulo time, 5.45am Buenos Aires & Santiago time, and 3.45am Bogota time.

The Magellan Trophy has been unveiled as the silverware the two teams will contest. It honours the spirit of adventure, pioneering and history achieved by Ferdinand Magellan in bringing the world together with his ground-breaking circumnavigation. His journey featured climactic points in both Latin America and the Philippines.

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Damn, I was thinking of going to go to the Broncos open day on Saturday, but a livestream of this will trump it!

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Maybe you could suggest some of the players running around for this game to the Broncos to fill some of their remaining squad spots?

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Hope Brazil take up tgg ,got family there so they would have to be my team in south america . If they play our game with the same flair and excitement they do other sports , could be quite the treat in store.

it's started in Brazil on a very small scale. Google translate the article linked above. It's got local government support, a local Aussie offered to help coach them and they have expansion plans. They saw the NRL on tv and wanted to give it a try. The comments under the article are also promising.

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looking like it could be a tad one-way traffic....get the Heat over on a tour of NCL clubs

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34 nil to Philippines at halftime

 54 -0 on the stream site ? - I missed the second 20 washing up

 

Just noticed the commentary team mentioning more sponsors than our leagues have

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FT 114 - 0

 

from little acorns...

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Final score 114-0

Everyone has to start somewhere and hopefully as the Latino team plays more regularly, they will start to become more competitive. The best thing about this fixture was that we are seeing teams representing their respective heritages, who would have dreamed  even a decade ago that we might see representative sides from the Philippines and Latin America? 

Just read the Latin Heat player profiles and for a number of them it was their first ever game of Rugby League, many of them have expressed an interest in helping to start the game in their native countries.

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Just read the Latin Heat player profiles and for a number of them it was their first ever game of Rugby League, many of them have expressed an interest in helping to start the game in their native countries.

 

Fantastic! I would love to watch South American RL, especially Brazil, they would have to become my favourite team. It's great to see RL finally starting up over there and potentially Central America too. I know they're not in either continent, but hopefully Mexico can also pick up the game in the next few years. 

 

Regarding the score, it's disappointing to see the Philippines play top players in games like this. I hope they're not just going to become another Aussie heritage team rather than developing locals. 

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 I've been in Chile for a month now and was thinking about this sort of thing.  In Valparaiso, there's a real shortage of flat land, as it is known for its unusual hilltop architecture, 

 

 

 

 

Off Topic, sorry.

 

We're you there for the NYE Fireworks ?

 

The new teams emerging in Florida & Georgia could entice C & S American & Mexican players/fans as well as the local  Americans, its all good on development.

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Hope Brazil take up tgg ,got family there so they would have to be my team in south america . If they play our game with the same flair and excitement they do other sports , could be quite the treat in store.

it's started in Brazil on a very small scale. Google translate the article linked above. It's got local government support, a local Aussie offered to help coach them and they have expansion plans. They saw the NRL on tv and wanted to give it a try. The comments under the article are also promising

Very promising indeed.Just great to see the game spreading & Brazil being an option. My relatives emigrated to Manaus from Belfast in 1968 and my cousins were born there so would be a natural second team for me. Vai, Brasil 

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