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3 hours ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

Well France has to qualify for world cup 1st but provided they do...

Game 1 - Toulouse - I would go for 20,000 sell out of Stade Ernst Wallon 

Game 2 - Avignon - Parc des Sports always gets good crowds 18,000

Game 3 - could be up for grabs from likes Albi, Carcassone the usual Perpignan or Lens in North if Soccer club still interested.

Potential Quarter Final open to highest bidder in UK or France.

Wales & Ireland must have at least one home game each you cant play that close to home in multiple games in world cup & not have at least 1 home game!

Welcome to 4 years ago.

Wales and Ireland games were some of the flops of the last tournament.

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On 12/15/2017 at 1:38 AM, Dave T said:

Welcome to 4 years ago.

Wales and Ireland games were some of the flops of the last tournament.

Well the Tournament is in the same part of the world. Ireland has already qualified & IF France & Wales qualify obviously they will bid for games but if they can at least match or better any other bids then game are theirs to host. France got good crowds for home games 2013 i cant see anywhere getting better crowds for french games than in France itself! Wales & Ireland IF awarded World cup games need to double marketing & promotional efforts.

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11 hours ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

Well the Tournament is in the same part of the world. Ireland has already qualified & IF France & Wales qualify obviously they will bid for games but if they can at least match or better any other bids then game are theirs to host. France got good crowds for home games 2013 i cant see anywhere getting better crowds for french games than in France itself! Wales & Ireland IF awarded World cup games need to double marketing & promotional efforts.

Ireland hasn't qualified...

In any case, the big question about this is government funding. It's not a contract we want to break just to shove a couple of games in France or Wales. There's £15M behind the tournament alone, that's not money the RLIF can afford to ignore.

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Bringing In a different dimension, the women's and wheelchair cups are under the umbrella of the organising committee are presumably expected to contribute to the overall total. Given the short timescale and total dominance of Australia and NZ, the women look hard to sell but the wheelchair game could have legs.

It looks far more open and both Ireland and France could play a part. France is a major player and presumably has the the audience. Belfast, along with Cardiff and a few others have major ice hockey teams and have the stadia and a fanbase which should be targetable. The games should be promoted early and venue.s booked as stadia are under constant use for concerts.

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4 hours ago, bird said:

Given the short timescale and total dominance of Australia and NZ, the women look hard to sell but the wheelchair game could have legs.

:ohmy: :ph34r:

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Before we assess the opportunity of games in either France or Ireland id like to see a 4 year elite performance plan from them. As I've said, there is huge potential for improvement in their national sides but they have to have that commitment and ambition.

Unless they were putting in a meaningful attempt at at least a semifinals place, they shouldnt get a game. 

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On 12/16/2017 at 11:39 PM, wackojacko said:

Ireland hasn't qualified...

In any case, the big question about this is government funding. It's not a contract we want to break just to shove a couple of games in France or Wales. There's £15M behind the tournament alone, that's not money the RLIF can afford to ignore.

Yeah your right Ireland hasn't qualified but did play better than some sides that made the quarter finals of the world cup...

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