New Zealand and Australia had pushed for a World Cup from the end of the 1970s but there was a sniffy lack of enthusiasm in the four home unions, none of which had set up a national club league. Apart from France, whose long delayed membership of the Board prompted it to set up a rival union comprising what would now be called developing nations, countries they did not abandon after finally taking a seat at the top table, which is why the inaugural World Cup was made up of 16 teams not eight. … [Read more...] about Rugby should look at 1987 World Cup and take another leap into unknown
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MLR ended its third season after just five rounds, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and amid rumours of financial problems. The Colorado Raptors, a foundation team, have withdrawn. A project in Hawaii backed by a group of ex-All Blacks will not play in 2021 as planned. Missing a payment deadline, the Hawaii operation questioned the league’s financial health and ability to survive Covid-19. … [Read more...] about USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners
Many more are keeping up to date with sporting events via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and to appeal to these audiences, sports tournaments will have to keep an eye on esports and continue to diversify and innovate in their use of these channels. The recent Fifa Women’s World Cup was a good example, with several teams and star players running busy social media feeds throughout the competition, sharing video and interacting with fans. Megan Rapinoe drew huge global attention to the event with her personality and media presence. She is a truly modern sports star: an outspoken digital native with something to say other than: “I’m over the moon, the lads have done great.” … [Read more...] about What can traditional sports learn from the Fortnite World Cup?
There follows questioning that amounts almost to a general chat about politics: how both Serbs and Croats were, says Karadzic "in favour of a decentralised Bosnia consisting of three entities whereas the Muslim side wanted to have a unitary Bosnia". I agreed with his analysis, but couldn't resist an observation that "there's a jump between the policy and mass murder". Judge Kwon kindly puts an end to this meandering discussion; time for the first break. Then back into the arena. There is no gladiatorial camaraderie from Karadzic this time, as we re-enter the court; his face has hardened, his eyes steeled. And his voice too. Do I remember that Karadzic accepted some of the peace plans? Yes, I remember "endless plans, treaties, none of which amounted to very much on the ground. The killing carried on." Do I know about the "fighting" around Prijedor? My initial article from the camps quotes a prisoner who had been involved. I say that what resistance there was had been subjugated by the … [Read more...] about Face to face with Radovan Karadzic
A cynic might suggest Rennie is already making excuses for losing the first Bledisloe Cup Test. The coach was brought in to turn the Wallabies around and he will be wanting to make a positive statement in his first Test outing to give Australian players and fans reason to hope for the future. A hammering by the All Blacks may cause psychological damage to the Wallabies that could take a long time from which to recover. … [Read more...] about Bledisloe Cup boycott is a big threat but Australia cannot have it both ways