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Thursday Sep 29, 2011

Samoa's road to the Rugby World Cup 2011

Samoa's road to the Rugby World Cup 2011
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A look at how a team like Samoa still struggle to get the funds needed to prepare for the RWC.

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  • medicaluke
    8:01 PM 29/09/2011

    The funding is something that definitely needs to be addressed and is about the only legitimate claim in that video. However, I did read that this world cup is being run at a loss, which explains a lot of the predicament. The funding issue needs to be addressed by the IRB and that can't be blamed on any other RFU. I agree with most of what Dylan says. I am sure that ALL t1 teams would love for more competition. As if Wales or any other team is "scared" of Samoa. They thrive at the competition, as do all other teams. The notion that a player can jump teams if he is no longer good enough to be picked for the all blacks is ridiculous. Football (soccer) makes you ineligible if you appear for 1 minute for a country and that is how it should stay. If a player decides to desert his nation, then later realises it is the wrong idea, then the player is the only person to be blamed. No one else. Not other countries. The player, who evidently picked money and apparent glory, over his country. Where would the line be drawn? 5 minutes? 40 minutes? 1 match? 5 matches? This doesn't just affect small teams. There are many international stars not playing for the country they were born in. What would stop them from suddenly deciding to change which team they played for? "Oh you've already played once for All Blacks, but we'll pay you $500,000 if you switch to the Australia because your mother was born here, so you'd qualify." Yeah I can see how this would work...

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  • 4:33 PM 29/09/2011

    Surely the RWC runs a profit? They (RWC organization) should at the very least pay for the countries that can't afford to go.

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