Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Thursday Jul 16, 2020

Prospect of new Pacific Islander franchise talked up by Super Rugby duo

Prospect of new Pacific Islander franchise talked up by Super Rugby duo

Not for the first time, the idea of creating a Super Rugby team for the Pacific Islanders has once again been brought up in recent weeks, with a pair of key New Zealand players keen to see it happen.

ADVERTISEMENT

Bryn Hall of the Crusaders and there Chiefs’ Brad Weber joined Ross Karl on RugbyPass this week to discuss that prospect, which has resonated with Super Rugby fans and Pacific Island players for a number of season now.

Such has been the influence of South-Sea Islanders on New Zealand and Australian rugby over the past three decades, the potential in recognising these efforts in a semi-professional Super Rugby franchise has many in the game excited.

Initial talk, although it must be stressed that this is nothing more than a concept for the moment, suggests that the new franchise would be partly based out of Auckland, making integration into Super Rugby far easier in the short-term.

Weber and Hall are enthused: “It would be great to see them have a semi-professional team,” said Weber.

Hall added: “In think it’s a brilliant idea. If you look back to the [2017] Rugby League World Cup where you had Tonga [who reached the semi-finals before losing 20-18 to England] and the support they had there and then when you think about the Pacific Island community and how much they have done for New Zealand rugby, it would be great for them to have a platform and to give them a chance to play more rugby.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The debate comes after it was announced that Hawaii based team Kanaloa are in talks to join the US’s Major League Rugby competition, with former All Black assistant coach Mick Byrne and ex-player Tamati Ellision tipped to be involved.

The Pacific Islander emphasis has also been recognised by Super Rugby itself over the past four seasons with a match played in the Fijian capital of Suva each year.

Weber was part of the Chiefs side which beat the Crusaders (which included Hall) 40-27 there last year.

“If they could play games in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga that would be quite a cool dynamic for us,” said Weber.

ADVERTISEMENT

“You saw the support that we had for our game in Fiji. The atmosphere there was incredible, they turned up there like two hours before kick-off and we’re walking out before the warm-up and they’re singing and waving the flags and just getting into it. It would great to reward them with a team like that, it’d be awesome.”

While there may still be some way to go before one day creating a Pacific Islanders Super Rugby team, the prospect of seeing home-grown Fijian, Samoan and Tongan talent take the fight to the rest of the Southern Hemisphere should be enough to whet the appetite for now.

Related Articles

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    North vs South should be a permanent fixture...

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks...

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    Future All Blacks? Here are the standout...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 15 HOURS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Liam Williams suspended despite on field protestations

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Kyle Sinkler banned for going full John McEnroe at referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Highlights and reaction to Saracens shock defeat to Championship regulars Ealing

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Zebo slams Folau over potential return to rugby union

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Steve Thompson's heartbreaking interview which shocked World Rugby in December

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Prospect of new Pacific Islander franchise talked up by Super Rugby duo | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos