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2 years 8 months ago #56091

neill_m wrote: Zebre Mk I being replaced by Zebre Mk II. Under new management so to speak. Mk I went bust.


Is this not Mk3, as Arioni were effectively Mk1.
They just packed and moved down the road when it all then bust.

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2 years 8 months ago #56092

connachta wrote: Zebre have announced that they intend to withdraw from the Guinness PRO12.
The Italian Rugby Federation have released a statement confirming they have been informed by the club of the news.
The FIR say they remain committed to having two Italian sides in next year's competition and are meeting today to discuss the next step.
Zebre entered the PRO12 in 2012 but have finished in the bottom two every season.
The format for next year's competition is yet to be determined, due to the possible inclusion of two South African sides.


Same stadium, same players, new league position (14th instead of 12th).

All this is is Zebroni Mk. 2 (the Zebre holding company which has been insolvent for months) being replaced by Mk. 3 (a new FIR holding company for Zebre). Stick around for Mk. 4 when they move to Rome next year. More rebrands than Yahoo.

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2 years 8 months ago #56095

Could never understand why they haven't had a Rome franchise. Such an attractive travel destination


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2 years 8 months ago #56096

menacethedenis wrote: Could never understand why they haven't had a Rome franchise. Such an attractive travel destination


Because it's absolutely dominated by soccer, even more than Glasgow. You need schools and clubs to feed into a pro team and outside the big internationals Rugby struggles to sell in Rome.


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2 years 8 months ago #56224

Connacht Clan need to get someone on the Dart.
The 402 from Shangort Rd to Merlin Park gives up very few secrets.


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2 years 8 months ago #56231

pinky wrote: Connacht Clan need to get someone on the Dart.
The 402 from Shangort Rd to Merlin Park gives up very few secrets.


looking at the groups if they are to be taken as what they are as i find it difficult to see it but our side seems quiet difficult and I can see us struggling to make the top 3.

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2 years 8 months ago #56232

If that did turn out to be true, I wouldn't be entirely happy with Connacht and Blues being on the same side.
Alleged conferpoolision: Munster, Ospreys, Glasgow, Kings, Connacht, Cardiff Blues and Zebre
If we assume previously leaked structure and also assume that the SA teams won't be eligible for Europe then there's a good chance that Connacht would be fighting it out with Blues for a playoff for the seventh Euro spot (against the better of Dragons/Edinburgh).
If that was the case, Blues would have an advantage given one of their extra derbies would be against Dragons, whereas Connacht's would be against Leinster and Ulster.
(And as for sneaking ahead of Glasgow with their three games against Edinburgh ... hmmm).


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2 years 8 months ago #56233

If you look at our (alledged) pool it's Ireland 1&4, Wales 2&3, Scotland 1 and Italy 2. It's quite a fair way of allocating teams really.

If you sum the league positions of the two pools you get 38 for ours and 40 for the other, and the median position is 6.5 for us and 7 for them. So I'd agree our pool is harder, but only marginally, and I don't know if the pools could have been assigned more equitably.

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2 years 8 months ago #56239

pinky wrote: Munster, Ospreys, Glasgow, Kings, Connacht, Cardiff Blues and Zebre


Im happy with that! If it has to be confrences, there is a bunch of good matches in the sportsground there!

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2 years 8 months ago #56242

EnricoPalazzo wrote:

pinky wrote: Munster, Ospreys, Glasgow, Kings, Connacht, Cardiff Blues and Zebre


Im happy with that! If it has to be confrences, there is a bunch of good matches in the sportsground there!

Personally i would rather Dragons, Treviso and Edinburgh. in our group

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2 years 8 months ago #56243

We'll still play them Dobby we just don't know if it'll be home or away.

The teams listed above we will play home and away

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2 years 8 months ago #56244

connemara man wrote: We'll still play them Dobby we just don't know if it'll be home or away.

The teams listed above we will play home and away


I think the teams suggested are good for ticket sales , I think the teams in other conference are better for points ! Hopefully we get Leinster at home !

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2 years 8 months ago #56245

sligsup wrote:

connemara man wrote: We'll still play them Dobby we just don't know if it'll be home or away.

The teams listed above we will play home and away


I think the teams suggested are good for ticket sales , I think the teams in other conference are better for points ! Hopefully we get Leinster at home !


Well definitely get Leinster at home if one of the proposed systems is implemented. Where we'll play an extra 2 rounds of interpros on top of the other matches

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2 years 8 months ago #56248

connemara man wrote: We'll still play them Dobby we just don't know if it'll be home or away.

The teams listed above we will play home and away

I know the deal Connemara Man. I would rather play the teams I suggest twice rather than the teams Mark/Pinky suggest. That is what I am saying

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