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Chatting to a friend today and he was saying that the new format will see each team play each other once, with the addition of derby matches.

For the purpose of derby games the Scots and the Italians will be grouped.

That will be a massive benefit to the Scottish teams who have an additional opportunity of picking up bonus points.

This will hopefully put additional pressure on the provinces, which can only be a good thing for fans and the union.

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munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Chatting to a friend today and he was saying that the new format will see each team play each other once, with the addition of derby matches.

For the purpose of derby games the Scots and the Italians will be grouped.

That will be a massive benefit to the Scottish teams who have an additional opportunity of picking up bonus points.

This will hopefully put additional pressure on the provinces, which can only be a good thing for fans and the union.
cr@p! So we'll now be only getting 18 games on our season tickets instead of the 22 we used to get
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Xanthippe wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 6:57 pm
munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Chatting to a friend today and he was saying that the new format will see each team play each other once, with the addition of derby matches.

For the purpose of derby games the Scots and the Italians will be grouped.

That will be a massive benefit to the Scottish teams who have an additional opportunity of picking up bonus points.

This will hopefully put additional pressure on the provinces, which can only be a good thing for fans and the union.
cr@p! So we'll now be only getting 18 games on our season tickets instead of the 22 we used to get
That’s what it looks like alright.

I suppose the positive would be a reduction of games during international weekends, which would mean that we should see stronger teams all round.

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That would mean weaker teams as less games mean less need for depth and you move closer to espoirs instead of rotation.

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munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Xanthippe wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 6:57 pm
munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Chatting to a friend today and he was saying that the new format will see each team play each other once, with the addition of derby matches.

For the purpose of derby games the Scots and the Italians will be grouped.

That will be a massive benefit to the Scottish teams who have an additional opportunity of picking up bonus points.

This will hopefully put additional pressure on the provinces, which can only be a good thing for fans and the union.
cr@p! So we'll now be only getting 18 games on our season tickets instead of the 22 we used to get
That’s what it looks like alright.

I suppose the positive would be a reduction of games during international weekends, which would mean that we should see stronger teams all round.

Which also means less time/opportunities for the academy lads to make an impression - I hope we don’t end up regretting it
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Xanthippe wrote:
January 21st, 2021, 1:00 am
munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Xanthippe wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 6:57 pm


cr@p! So we'll now be only getting 18 games on our season tickets instead of the 22 we used to get
That’s what it looks like alright.

I suppose the positive would be a reduction of games during international weekends, which would mean that we should see stronger teams all round.

Which also means less time/opportunities for the academy lads to make an impression - I hope we don’t end up regretting it
That is one knock on effect alright, but the positive is that when academy players do get chances they won’t be playing against the Treviso reserves during a 6 nations weekend.

Players will be playing a higher standard of rugby most weeks, so players should only improve as a result.
Teams will be battle hardened going into Europe because the games they play in the league should be a lot closer to the standard of the HC.

If game time for the academy is identified an issue, then perhaps a reserves Pro10 could be arranged similar to the B&I cup, but against the Pro16 teams from Scotland and Wales, where the A game is played on the same day as the first team game as a warm up game.
Fans could be granted early entry into the stadium to watch.

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Xanthippe wrote:
January 21st, 2021, 1:00 am
munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Xanthippe wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 6:57 pm


cr@p! So we'll now be only getting 18 games on our season tickets instead of the 22 we used to get
That’s what it looks like alright.

I suppose the positive would be a reduction of games during international weekends, which would mean that we should see stronger teams all round.

Which also means less time/opportunities for the academy lads to make an impression - I hope we don’t end up regretting it
There will have to be more 'A' matches or a separate celtic cup tournament for 'A' players, I'd say

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dropkick wrote:
January 21st, 2021, 9:48 am
Xanthippe wrote:
January 21st, 2021, 1:00 am
munster#1 wrote:
January 20th, 2021, 7:08 pm


That’s what it looks like alright.

I suppose the positive would be a reduction of games during international weekends, which would mean that we should see stronger teams all round.

Which also means less time/opportunities for the academy lads to make an impression - I hope we don’t end up regretting it
There will have to be an 'A' tournament I'd say.
Agreed as I said above, however, this will have a big impact on the AIL.
Any decision will have to be carefully thought out, but I do think that an A tournament would be the best development
tool.

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Trying to work out the end of season situation.
Very hard to see the South African teams coming up here in April / May. If that is the case then am I correct in thinking we would have no competitive games should we progress to Heineken quarter, semi and final ?

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Trying to work out the end of season situation.
Very hard to see the South African teams coming up here in April / May. If that is the case then am I correct in thinking we would have no competitive games should we progress to Heineken quarter, semi and final ?

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There has been no announcement but logic would dictate they would extend the pro 14 season to pay all the usual games. Lancaster was quoted stating that was his assumption too.

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The Rainbow Cup was being promoted during the games tonight and the South African union have arranged 4 friendly games for the likes of the Lions in March. All points to it happening, I assume they will come North and set up camp for a couple of months.

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That would be good news. Am sure the last thing Leinster want is to be finished competitive matches prior to any Heineken games

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Is there anything to be said for giving players and staff vaccines?

If it got the Lions played it could mean the 4 Unions would need less Government Bail Outs.

It could be good value. Say 2000 vaccines across ROI and the 4 devolved areas of the UK could save the Irish Exchequer another €16 million. Plus having live rugby on the telly would be something to look forward to generally and would increase interest in the Lions.
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Re: Pro14 - Sooner SA teams the better

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On behalf of everyone who have no interest in rugby, no.
There are too many more deserving who need to be in front of them.
Allowing the rugby to continue in the bubbles is about all we can ask for.

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Maybe if the Unions go out to the market and buy the Sputnik vaccine

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