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The Star: May 11, 2017

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42 Thursday May 11 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star 10 GAMES // 5 WEEKS // 3 TESTS # 1 LiONs GUiDE OUT NOW 148-PAGE RGBY dND SPECIAL EDITION EVERY GAME, EVERY VENUE Learn all about our past, present and future heroes. Plan your tour in front of the tV and on the road. Phil Gifford on the game’s greats Justin Marshall calls it how he sees it INSIDE: Rugby’s most trusted voices Ron Palenski remembers the classics Lynn McConnell on the challenge ahead ON SALE NOW at aLL GOOD BOOKStORES aND SUPERMaRKEtS

The Star 43 Sport Super Rugby’s leaving the Pacific Islands out in the cold • By Gregor Paul AS SUPER Rugby twists itself in knots working out how it can successfully reduce its size next year, the greatest shame of all is the door appears to be shut on the Pacific Islands. It has long been the greatest travesty of Super Rugby that it has ignored and actively rejected any direct Pacific Island influence. It feels even more so now that the Sunwolves and Jaguares are digging in for the long haul. Mary Westwood M 021 557 731 P 03 347 4711 mary.westwood@harcourts.co.nz www.harcourts.co.nz Four Seasons Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Why not put me to the test As I do stand out from the rest If you’re ready to sell then so am I So go ahead give me a try!!! Maybe things will get better across the Tasman but that certainly won’t happen quickly and the South Pacific region would be well advised to start seriously building credible Super Rugby alternatives outside of Australia. If Samoa can be asked to come to the rescue of the All Blacks by agreeing at late notice to play a test at Eden Park on June 16, then why can’t they be asked to come to the rescue of a Super Rugby competition that is more desperately in need of being saved? bYES: ChIEfS, STORmERS, Four Seasons Realty Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The question needs to be asked how it is that a team from Japan and a team from Argentina are firmly ensconced in Super Rugby while the Islands are out in the cold. The logic defies belief on all fronts. The geography is troubling. Argentina is not an easy flight for teams from any part of the world. Its time difference is also an issue and having one team in such relative isolation adds significant costs. The same problem exists with 2017 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion RoUnD 12 May 12 th & 13 th bLUES V ChEETahS bRUmbIES V LIONS CRUSadERS V hURRICaNES the Sunwolves. Next year they will play in the Australian conference and the logistics of that are going to be tedious. Crazy when the islands are right there, smack bang in the right part of the Pacific Ocean to make them an easy hop from both Australia and New Zealand. Crazy when the islands have the infrastructure these days to successfully accommodate and host teams. The Chiefs and Crusaders are playing in Fiji this year and Thursday May 11 2017 the Blues will take on the Reds in Apia. This effort to include and embrace the islands is to be welcomed, but it shouldn’t disguise the fact that Samoa and Fiji deserve more involvement than one game each. 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