NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: matt1il (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 08:16

Hoping for some great Saturday morning entertainment here.

Just wondering if you had to pick an English North team (which following this match would be English qualified playing for the northern* teams) who would get in? And likewise for the Southern team. Would any Falcons get in?

*Let's say that's us, Sale, Leicester, Wasps, Worcester, Northampton

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: joefrog (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 09:21

Just an aside and not a dig at the poster Matt. Doesn’t it highlight the geographical imbalance of Rugby Union when Worcester, Coventry Wasps, Northampton and Leicester can be loosely described as the North. Reflects the power of the Southern suits in Rugby Union

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: matt1il (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 09:37

Quote:
joefrog
Just an aside and not a dig at the poster Matt. Doesn’t it highlight the geographical imbalance of Rugby Union when Worcester, Coventry Wasps, Northampton and Leicester can be loosely described as the North. Reflects the power of the Southern suits in Rugby Union

Oh absolutely. I think of myself living in the south midlands/North Oxfordshire (but officially in the South East) and am close to all of these clubs.

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: AJfalc (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 11:20

Quote:
joefrog
Just an aside and not a dig at the poster Matt. Doesn’t it highlight the geographical imbalance of Rugby Union when Worcester, Coventry Wasps, Northampton and Leicester can be loosely described as the North. Reflects the power of the Southern suits in Rugby Union

When we traveled to Penzance for our game, we stayed overnight at the halfway mark - that was Gloucester !

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: Leipziger (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 11:37

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joefrog
Just an aside and not a dig at the poster Matt. Doesn’t it highlight the geographical imbalance of Rugby Union when Worcester, Coventry Wasps, Northampton and Leicester can be loosely described as the North. Reflects the power of the Southern suits in Rugby Union

I guess it would be North + Midlands v South East + South West. But other than Leicester and in the distant past Coventry, power has tended to be in the south.

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: SimonG19 (IP Logged)
Date: 05 September, 2020 12:46

In the NZ game the selection was based on where players played their first provincial game - North Island or South Island - so here you could draw a line across the Midlands and select two sides of English players based on where they first played club rugby which would probably give you a very decent North team.

Re: NZ North v South Island match
Posted by: Monkey1 (IP Logged)
Date: 09 September, 2020 14:50

Quote:
joefrog
Just an aside and not a dig at the poster Matt. Doesn’t it highlight the geographical imbalance of Rugby Union when Worcester, Coventry Wasps, Northampton and Leicester can be loosely described as the North. Reflects the power of the Southern suits in Rugby Union

Does it not merely reflect where the bulk of the population lives, with an adjustment for whether the local popular sport is Football, RL, or RU? If RU was the popular game up here instead of football, KP would be at least twice the size it is now & would be packed for home games. Conversely if football was the preferred game in Devon, Exeter would be nowhere. I certainly don't see it as any influence by southern suits.

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