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Rebels to have international flavour


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 4 Jan 2010 at 13:02
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The Australian Rugby Union have taken the pragmatic step of allowing up to 10 international representatives to be selected for the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 team in its first year.

The norm is for Aussie teams to be allowed only two non-Australian representatives, although only one of these may have played international rugby for another country – i.e. at least one of the two imports must be eligible to qualify for Wallaby selection in due course. This ruling is itself a recent relaxation – in the past, only players immediately eligible for the Wallabies could be picked by Australia’s four Super Rugby teams.

This year will see the likes of Andre Pretorius (Western Force) and Soseni Anesi (Waratahs) play for Australian sides as foreign “marquee players”.

Australia’s traditional problem, though, has been a lack of players numbers and the introduction of a fourth franchise in the Force has only served to exacerbate the regular end-of-season player merry-go-round. The recently retired Scott Fava became the first player, in 2009, to have represented all four teams. There are numerous others not far behind.

The ARU is obviously concerned that the creation of the Melbourne franchise will simply dilute the other four teams, just as the Western Force led to an immediate slump in the Brumbies’ form as a number of their top players defected to Perth. By relaxing the foreign player restriction, the Rebels will be free to build their team and their brand on the back of disgruntled expats, presumably from the other SANZAR countries and the Pacific Islands. The quota will be reduced each season, until the 2015 season, when the Rebels will be required to comply with the same criteria as the other four franchises.

Seems the ARU are hell-bent on making this one work. Now if only they could find a sponsor who is prepared to put up the money…



25 Comments

  • Ask Nike…

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.01.10 13:52:23 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • Andre Pretorius is a “marquee player”?? :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.01.10 14:34:29 by klempie Reply

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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 1) : yeah, they can spend some tiger money they saved

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.01.10 14:34:58 by war1 Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 2) : should be a medical tent player not a marquee player

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.01.10 14:35:57 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.01.10 14:36:37 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : not really – i read that nike is standing by him (“He just did it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.01.10 14:41:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) :

    He’s wife it not though…I hear the settlement figures is hovering in the range of 300 mill now…and they still negotiating…clever blonde!! :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.01.10 14:49:01 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 7) : maybe his actions were inconsistent with her slogan :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.01.10 14:57:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) :

    and what is her slogan?

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.01.10 15:09:43 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 9) : maybe till death us part … or till you trip :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.01.10 15:19:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.01.10 16:11:49 by klempie Reply

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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 7) : A dying breed. :(

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.01.10 16:12:58 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 12) :

    Not so..I am still here and I have to blonde offsprings too.. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.01.10 16:17:24 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 13) : I said clever blondes. :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.01.10 16:22:46 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 14) :

    I know.. :roll: pffft!

    Cheers everyone!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.01.10 16:26:09 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • forgot to mention Daniel Braid, the Reds’ marquee player. Not sure if the Brumbies have one…

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.01.10 10:13:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Does Naka le Woekie count as a “marquee player”?? :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.01.10 10:18:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 17) :

    He does!!

    Nearly as much as Skipper Badenhorst does for the Sharks!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.01.10 10:28:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 17) : i think being able to catch and pass at pace is a basic requirement for the position

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.01.10 10:28:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) : Skipper plays for the Cheetahs. Check your facts

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.01.10 10:29:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.01.10 10:30:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Cheetahs/Sharks… same thing!!! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.01.10 10:37:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Just for that I’m putting up a cricket thread!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.01.10 10:38:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : :lol: it’s not funny

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.01.10 10:43:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.01.10 11:18:24 by klempie Reply

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