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Manly vs. Parramatta - IN CHINA !!

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Ryan, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Sorry if this has already been discussed:-

    Asia move is a first for league

    Jason Avedissian
    22 January 2008



    RUGBY league sworn enemies Manly and Parramatta are set to unite in a ground-breaking partnership which they hope will take the NRL into Asia.
    The Sea Eagles are entrenched in talks with sponsors VivaMacau and Macau Tourism to take a game to China this year.
    The exhibition match, which is high on VivaMacau's ``wish-list'', would be played after this year's NRL Grand Final.
    Mayer said he hoped the game would lead to future NRL matches in Asia.
    ``The spectacle would be fantastic,'' Mayer said last night.
    ``We want to make a long-term success of it, it's not a hit-and-run mission.
    ``We want to see it work and what better way than seeing the two strongest brands in the game, two of the most competitive teams, playing in Macau.
    ``The opportunity is really there to take games overseas.
    ``Depending on how this works out, we still want to play as many games in Sydney as possible.''
    Mayer said taking the game to Asia would be revolutionary.
    ``The thought that rugby league is confined to the peninsula, and Sydney, has been blown out of the water,'' he said.
    Mayer also revealed he is negotiating with England coach Tony Smith about facing the Poms, also in Macau, in October.
    The game would be part of England's build-up towards this year's Rugby League World Cup, held in Australia following this year's NRL.
    ``We are still talking,'' Mayer said.
    In other rugby league news, New Zealand Test selector and ex-Sea Eagle Darrell Williams says the behaviour of leading Kiwi players may convince Wayne Bennett to knock back the controversial job across the Tasman.
    The Kiwis appear to be in disarray following coach Gary Kemble's decision to quit over the weekend.
    Kemble's move followed public criticism from leading players Roy Asotasi and David Kidwell.
    Williams said the players' public stance against Kemble may see Bennett reject the role.
    ``He might seriously look at the behaviour of the players,'' Williams said yesterday.
    ``I'll be surprised if Bennett would say yes, it's a big jump.
    ``He's still involved with the Broncos.''
    Williams said he would be prepared to work with a non-New Zealander but the preference is for a Kiwi.
    ``Ideally you would prefer a Kiwi, but at the end of the day, we need the best person for the job,'' he said.
     
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    When is League going to give up the idea of taking the game to the global masses, especially in Asia. There is badminton, table tennis and soccer and not much else. This is as ill-fated as John Ribot's vision of the chinese subscribing to Star Tv.

    Similar sort of a joke with Souths in the USA!!!
     
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Might be a Grand Final replay.  Isn't Paramatta Stadium in China anyway?  It's a big enough hole I would have thought. 
     

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