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6 minutes ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

Johnstone and Manfredi would be beasts in 9s. It would be like when wigan won the Sydney 7s. Plan A to Z was give it to Offiah. 

 

Manfredi, yes. Speed demons, not so much ball carriers.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again, make the Magic weekend a 9's tournament/shield/bowl event, and you could include Championship clubs in there as well, and some invitational teams too.

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While speedy outside backs are a necessity in 9's there is still a place for power.  As with 7's (of either code) a mistake that so many teams make is to play too laterally too early and try and go around the opposition.  The teams that were successful in the Auckland 9's also had some big powerful forwards with a good offload who could play through the line and create space for half backs and dummy halves to use footwork and break the line.

The victorious Sydney Roosters squad from the 2017 Auckland 9's included the likes of  Isaac Liu, Kane Evans and Aidan Guerra.

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Personally I think Watkins would be an absolute monster in 9s, i think its also perfect for a FB like Jack Walker. Johnstone and Manfredi and i wouldnt discount Makinson from going well there either and Charnley shouldnt be discounted.

I think Bateman would be a great forward in 9s because he is no slouch, has a great engine and punches above his weight. Roby 5 years ago would have run riot but i think Clark would do a good job.

Do we have a half you would see as going well? I dont think any of Williams, Gale, Myler, even Widdop are particularly suited. Maybe Tomkins but can he control a game like that?

I would worry we don't have the dynamic offloading forwards the SH have that can break open a game.

Personally i can see the french going pretty well. Gigot, Kheirallah, Fages, Miloudi arent players you want to see against you with a broken line, Garcia, Jullien Busquette, Navarette i think that would be an exciting side.

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Too many domestic games in the Northern Hemisphere with the Super League, Challenge Cup and Play-Off’s to warrant an additional competition, even if it was a 9’s competition and there would be a squad of 13-15. 

It may well work as a stand-alone International competition but I’m not sure we should be looking at integrating it into the club game anytime soon. 

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I would have thought Manfredi would be fixing Brexit and delivering world peace by the time the World 9s come around.

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2 hours ago, Just Browny said:

I would have thought Manfredi would be fixing Brexit and delivering world peace by the time the World 9s come around.

It’s like having the Brev on the wing. 

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2 hours ago, Just Browny said:

I would have thought Manfredi would be fixing Brexit and delivering world peace by the time the World 9s come around.

Between games 

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The point? 

1) You can run a whole WC over a weekend - low costs

2) Tier 3 nations could participate without losing by 100 points 

3) Casual fans and the general public will enjoy the festival like atmosphere

4) It’s another revenue source for the RLIF so they can fund their FT employees (now four in total) and can financially support MEA and American Championships for the newly released calendar

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17 minutes ago, Copa said:

I’m looking forward to it.

Me too.

I watched the NRL 9s and they were fun.

Its a mystery to me why some people have such a visceral reaction to it.

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3 minutes ago, scotchy1 said:

Me too.

I watched the NRL 9s and they were fun.

Its a mystery to me why some people have such a visceral reaction to it.

Im sure the couple of days of Rugby will be enjoyable.

Im just interested in what the plan is and the legacy will be.

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18 minutes ago, Dave T said:

Im sure the couple of days of Rugby will be enjoyable.

Im just interested in what the plan is and the legacy will be.

I guess that will be dependent on how it goes.

But because its RL they will organise it less than a year out, wont have much lead up to it, national federations wont give it the focus it needs so it will go nowhere.

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The problem I have with this is, this can only really be played in Australia, New Zealand or any Southern Hemisphere country as it’s likely to be post-Super League and NRL season and it’s not quite the same carnival atmosphere playing in front of twenty-odd thousand people shivering in Leeds or Liverpool. I can’t see clubs being willing to hold this mid-domestic season when it’s UK summer time. 

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9s could be a great addition to the mainstream RL calendar.  Gives more Nations a chance to be competitive in the short term, in the medium term it may unlock Commonwealth Games participation, long term Olympic Games.  All incredibly important ways of unlocking funding for governing bodies across the globe. But you have to start somewhere.  I think it could be a great event.

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End of season just wont work , players holiday time with families , full blown 13 a side internationals and those needing surgery

Pre season , you have a chance

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8 hours ago, Man of Kent said:

Is this basically the Auckland 9s (ie a curtain-raiser for the NRL) but with international teams?

Edit: Ah, end of season. So no

Is this going to be Australia's new contribution to International RL instead of actual proper games ?

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Isn't the 9s the format that the RLIF are trying to gain commonwealth and then Olympic admission/recognition? 

If SO then this tournament is hughlyimportant to international growth of the game as Olympic recognition would dismiss the practice in some countries of banning a seperate RL administration!

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17 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

End of season just wont work , players holiday time with families , full blown 13 a side internationals and those needing surgery

Pre season , you have a chance

It will work. 13 a side players arnt fully compatible and like union and cricket specialists in the shortened version will appear and will be different players. More space means a higher level of fitness and more emphasis on pace!

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10 hours ago, scotchy1 said:

As this is now confirmed for the end of 2019 are we really going to send a team to competition of a format we dont play?

A chance to become World Champions and we arent going to have any experience, and if we do, I wouldnt bet on us being in the top 5, never mind actually challenging.

Surely it is not beyond the wit of the RFL to be able to put together a club 9s mid season to give the players a chance to stake a claim and for the coaches to see them play 9s and to put together a European/NH 9s so that they get at least a bit of practice before hand.

At the moment we are looking at for pretty much all the European teams, the first time pretty much all the players will play 9s is when the WC starts which is crazy.

I get some people don't like 9s and thats fine, but its happening, its a dereliction of duty for the RFL not to be trying to do it well.

If it promotes Rugby League in a positive fashion I'm in favour of it. If it doesn't I'm not

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7 hours ago, The Future is League said:

If it promotes Rugby League in a positive fashion I'm in favour of it. If it doesn't I'm not

9s will promote the growth the sport has achieved over the last 20years

Only in 9s could we realistically see,for example,England v Germany,Australia v Jamaica or NZ v Serbia......it'll be a hell of a long time before we could see those fixtures at 13 a side..

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