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1. RTE, show Irish Womens Rugby on TV

It's time the Irish women's Rugby team had their chance to be on our TV screens.

RTE needs to listen to our voice to see there is a demand to have such talent on our screens.


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2. Ireland to host Rugby World Cup 2023

I believe that if England can host the rugby World Cup that ireland should get to host it in 2023.

We have waited so long for are country to get something as big and as important as the Rugby World Cup. Ireland have showed with this past World Cup that are fans are the most loyal to sell out more than half off every stadium in this World Cup.

Not only would it be cool for it to happen but it could do a lot for the economy of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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3. Investigate World Rugby Officiating

The International Rugby Board needs to investigate refereeing over the last two world cups, specifically the 2011 Quarter Final between South Africa and Australia along with the Final between New Zealand and France, and the 2015 quarter final between Scotland and Australia.

In all three cases the performance of the referee has played an overwhelming part in the outcome of the game. In two cases the same referee has been involved and in the other the referee in question quit his post after.

The fact that the same team (Australia) has benefited twice in two world cups at the same stage by a questionable officiating performance needs to be investigated.

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4. Keep Regional A teams out of the B&I cup

It would seem that the Welsh Rugby Union wants to take over the teams that play in the British and Irish cup and basically parachute in the Regional A teams. This would basically mean that the premier ship clubs that worked hard to get into the B&I cup then lose the right as a team to play in cup. This would deprive the clubs supports of watch their teams pit themselves at a higher level.

I for one do not want the WRU or Regions to ride shot gun over my or any other Club just because the can. Club rugby is dying on its feet and this is just another nail in its coffin.

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5. Save Bokrugby from Heyneke

Stop the dull, boring playing style-rugby from Heyneke Meyer and his persistent choice of has-been rugby players. It's time to give the youngsters and true talented players a turn to prove themselves!

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6. Select The Springbok Rugby Team On Merit Alone

SARU president Oregan Hoskins has told Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer to pick more black players.

Hoskins has instructed Meyer not just to pick more black players, but stated specifically that they must be ‘African’ black players.

Chief executive of the Civil rights organisation, AfriForum, has said that the issuing of such an instruction is a crude form of racial discrimination, and shows that SARU is surrendering to the quota threats of the South African minister of sport, Fikile Mbalula.

This introduces a precedent where race, and not ability, determines whether or not a player is selected. Discrimination not only threatens the continued success of the national rugby team, it also makes a mockery of selection. Race should play no part at all in their selection.

Such an instruction is in direct contravention of Byelaw 3(f) of the IRB Handbook, which prevents discrimination of any kind.

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7. All Blacks to play in Samoa

The NZRU is using the $ and facilities as the reason why the AB's have not and can not play in Samoa. They are our neighbours, outside of NZ they are AB's biggest supporters.The AB's have benifited multiple times from players who's heritage is Samoa, be it that they were born in NZ or Samoa. Yet the NZRU made a profit of $2.9million last year.

If our guys can play in Japan and America against lower ranked countries, it is an insult that the islands are ingnored. Rugby in all the island countries have all been ignored by NZ.

Samoa needs to be acknowledged, as our neighbour, and the nation that has given us the likes of Vi'inga Tuigamala, Julian Sevea, Tana Umanga, Victor Vito and SBW, along with many many more. Without whom, the All Blacks would not be who they are in world rugby.

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8. Save Rugby in Delhi

Delhi Hurricanes is one of the top clubs from India. Current 7's champions with about 12 Indian team players in the squad.

For the past two years we have been practicing at DDA sports complex, Bloc 7, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, India. With an annual contract with DDA for leasing the ground to Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Club for four days every week( Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) with a time slot for 7 A.M - 10 A.M.

We have even hosted Indian club tournaments and Indian rugby camp at the ground.

Now the authorities are trying to convert our ground into a cricket ground. By this they are snatching away a big part of our lives from us. We currently have a main team, junior team, women's team and an academy running. We will have to evacuate the ground if cricket starts on the ground.

Our club played a big hand in building the ground by putting up the posts, removing stones, growing grass.

With this decision Rugby in Delhi is going to die.

I request you all to Sign the petition below in order to help us save the sport we love so dearly.

Thank you all for your support.

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9. Stop NZ Rugby Cheating

It is common knowledge to all rugby supporters that the New Zealand rugby team has been favoured in nearly every single game they have played in the last 15 to 20 years.

They are of the worst cheats in the game as they are continuously allowed by the officials refereeing the games to simply do as they please.

Yes they have some great players and skill within their ranks but they need to achieve their wins on these merits and not by the favour of the ref or cheating by their players in the game.

Every person with the slightest knowledge of the game would agree and would feel the same way. To many times have they undeservingly been awarded the spoils in games which have been riddled with bias and inconsistency, always in the Kiwi's favour.

The Past 2013 Rugby Championship is but only one example of the bias which exists around the Kiwis.

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10. Start a Rugby academy in Australia for forwards

To help counter youth obesity and improve the future prospect of the Wallabies I implore the federal government to establish an Australian Rugby Forwards Academy.

Starting children at 16 years the Academy can offer the highest quality education while the students live breath and play Rugby.

The aim is to produce a wealth of forwards from larger children who would not generally have a chance to shine in other Australian sports.

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11. Craig Bellamy to stay coaching Melbourne Storm

Craig Bellamy has provided extraordinary leadership as coach for Melbourne Storm.

His commitment to the players and the club has been the benchmark coach in the NRL for 10 years. He is held in the highest regard by the fans the club and his peers.

We as fans wish he will stay as our coach

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12. In Support of Glamorgan Primary School continuing to provide sports uniforms for students

The Glamorgan Board of Trustees has stated :

- that it is not an option for them to replace the current sports uniforms due to the cost;

- that from 2013 all students who represent the school in a sports team will need to purchase their own uniform.

The cost of these uniforms indicated by the Board of Trustees in the quarterly newsletter on November 2012 will range from $85 - $95, but these costs are indicative and have not been confirmed.

We believe that there are alternative ways to fund a 'set' of school uniforms. For example, fundraising, applying for grants, sponsorships etc. There are parents who are willing to assist in these processes.
Parents would also be willing to pay a 'rental' fee for uniforms which would recoup the cost of the uniforms over a few years.

Many families in Torbay are struggling financially. Currently registering for sports teams is a large expense especially when there is more than one child attending the school. Netball in particular has raised the cost of registering significantly. This could ultimately determine whether or not a child would sign up for a sport.

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13. Demand change at the Parramatta Eels

The Parramatta Board and coach need to go. Enough is enough.

The board has been making bad decisions for years now, and is tearing apart our club.

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14. Save the Golden Lions Rugby Union on demand of Player 23

The Golden Lions Rugby Union franchise is likely to be relegated and excluded from the Super 15 in 2013 to make way for the Southern Kings.

We the player 23’s, the Supporters of Rugby would love to see rugby development in the Eastern Cape but not at the expense of the Golden Lions.

The Golden Lions has a rich history and has been part of the South African Rugby landscape for many years. Please do not forget that this great game is in essence about us – the loyal Supporters of Rugby.

Please consult the Rugby Supporters of this world before you make any decisions! Dedicated to my Lions Supporting friend Johan de Waal.

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Parramatta have lost their way on the footy field and its time for the fans to take over.

Mary is the most qualified CEO in waiting and is now needed to take over the club to return it to its former glory.

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16. Show the Aus v NZ RL Test Match Live

We as rugby league supporters want you to show the Aus v NZ rugby league test match LIVE on Friday 20th April 2012 on any one of the free to air channels 9 GEM or Go.

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17. Update M.M. Robinson's Field to Artificial Grass

For years the condition of the fields at M.M. Robinson have been appalling.

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18. Rematch between Australia and South African Rugby 2011 World Cup

Although not allowed, Bryce Lawrence refereed a game with bias. His calls, led to the outcome of Australia (his native team) being in final. His father is also an official in IRB so he is beyond reproach. S.A. had 70 percent possession of the ball and still lost on bias and prejudice calls. Any one with knowledge of the sport knows and see s clearly that this was unsporting, and cheating.

Rugby has remained among only few sports with honor, and code, allowing this game to stand goes against this. although never been done, we believe extenuating circumstances call for this first time, since you started off illegally with a bias ref and finished it by standing by idle and letting this disgrace of a game stand. its a world cup semi final, done every 4 yrs, surely due to that alone, leeway should be given.

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19. Support Rugby Merger Talks (League & Union)

Rugby league and rugby union are currently battling it out in a downward spiral of falling popularity, relentless tales of off field barbarism and vulgarity, scarcity of financial resources and a shrinking base of on-field talent.

The two codes are also beleaguered by inherent flaws, which detract from them as spectacles in an ever increasingly competitive sporting market.

Ironically, many of these flaws, such as scrums in Rugby League and constant kicking in Rugby Union, are unique to each code. However, attempting to rectify these flaws would require the game’s administrators to make rule changes which would bring the codes closer together.

The separation of Rugby League and Rugby Union represent a 110 year old pay dispute.

The source of this dispute is long gone. Both codes are now fully professional at their elite levels and are paid large sums from the same source in Foxtel.

Of course, it would be difficult to come upon an agreed set of rules for the game, as well as the acceptance by other countries. But change is difficult to accept.

Sometimes it just has to occur.

A combining of the codes would assist the following problems for Rugby League;

* lack of international appeal and meaningful international fixtures
* risk in expansion within Australia
* it’s lack of professional media presentation
* need for a more revitalised and more entertaining style of play

Benefits for Rugby Union in its present form would be;

* domestic club rugby would be re-born using a revamped NRL structure as the base
* large expansion of junior territory and resources
* improved pool of players at international level
* a more revitalised and entertaining style of play

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20. Protect our sports fields

There is a proposal in place to redevelop sports fields in Roma Qld .

There is a number of concerns in regards to this development, and they are outlined below;

1/ The proposed development is in a flood zone.

2/ Shared facilities are proposed.These include fields, clubrooms, etc. Little detail on the workings of this club is currently available;

3/ Access to the proposed facility is poor. A considerable road upgrade would need to be undertaken.

4/ Current facilities used by cricket and Rugby Union would be rezoned for commercial development. This would have a detrimental effect on the appearance of Roma.

5/ In particular concern to the Rugby Union Club,is their requirement that as they are part of a wider competition, their homefield requirements would become paramount. This would impact on potential availability of the clubrooms for other sports, and could be cause for conflict.

6/ Council has not engaged the Community in a meaningful way. Their approach has been piecemeal and fractious.

7/ Lesser Sports such has Soccer have not been able to plan with certainty. Coupled with natural disaster (the soccer fields have experienced severe flooding over the last two years), this has impacted negatively on the viability of the Club.

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21. SLS: Super League Show for England & Wales

Currently the BBC only broadcast 'The Super League Show' in afternoon and evening slots across Northern England regions (North East & Cumbria, North West, Yorks & Lincs, Yorkshire). Whilst viewers in the Midlands, Southern England and Wales can only see it in the very early hours of the morning (usually between 12:00am and 4:00am).

We would like the programme to be broadcast in it's usual afternoon/evening schedule across the whole of England and Wales from 2012.

This is desired because there are now a large number of Rugby League fans living outside of the four Northern England regions mentioned above, as well as two professional clubs that currently play in the Super League competition. We believe that currently the BBC is not making the programme accessible to a broad audience and attempting to widen it's appeal*.

* Part of the BBC One remit.

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22. Introduction of video review in national and international soccer games

Introduction of video review in national and international soccer games.

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23. Back FAX for Super League

Halifax Rugby League is a Club with over 100 years of rich history and in the coming months we will fight for our entry back into the game's elite league, The Engage Super League.

We are the reigning Co-operative Champions, have a fantastic stadium and a growing support. We think we deserve to be back in the Big Time.

Will you help us show the RFL that we are ready?

We are aiming to gather as many names as we can and show the RFL we deserve our franchise. Please help us do this!

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24. Review the Steph Brennan HPC decision

Steph Brennan was recently struck off the HPC register for his role in the Bloodgate affair in professional rugby union. Many people feel that the penalty was disproportionate considering the HPC's indicative sanctions policy.

I've attached the following hyperlinked recent Newspaper articles for your information.

Further background information can be requested by e-mailing

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25. Removal of the Executive Commitee and CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union

There is reason to believe that the Executive Committee of the GLRU, including it's CEO, have been responsible for the disastrous state the GLRU it finds itself in.


Various public statements and media articles address all the relevant issues:


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26. Bring Back Death Penalty In South Africa!

For the past fifteen years there has been a RAPID increase in murder, rape and all other incredibly savage acts and crime in general. South Africa is currently NUMBER ONE on in the world for murder, rape and all crime and therefore earned the name "CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD".

More then THREE THOUSAND FARMERS have been murdered since 1994 and nearly more then 50 South Africans are murdered PER DAY! A BIG portion of that are CHILDREN that were RAPED TO DEATH!

These SAVAGES are seldom caught and only a few gets captured and convicted. Most of these murderers actually prefer being in jail. They receive clean beds, three meals and free education if they so desire.

This becomes another burden on the taxpayer. With other words the law-abiding citizens of South Africa actually are then the ones getting punished for the murderer 's heinous acts! More then 600 South Africans have actually successfully gained refugee status in other countries! HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS South Africans have already fled the country in fear of their lives! This resulted in the ultimate "Brain Drain" of the country.

Instead of keeping the LAW-ABIDING, EDUCATED citizens of South Africa IN the country, the Lack of the South African Government's involvement and lack of proper punishment has secured South Africa 's first place as a MURDER/RAPE/CRIME - CAPITAL IN THE WORLD!

I am of the strong opinion that Capital Punishment for murder should be reintroduced to South Africa! Amnesty International states that the Death Penalty 'violates the right of the life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.' The question - What about the lives and rights of the victims? Were they not entitled to the Right of Life and Prohibition of Torture?

The person that takes the life savagely of another should no longer benefit from the protections afforded under any legislation. The failure of the government to actually ensure the citizens of South Africa a safer country is no longer expectable.

A Jail term is no longer a deterrent. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY IN SOUTH AFRICA! PLEASE VISIT our pages on FACEBOOK -


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27. Show Your Support For Coventry RFC

Coventry RFC, founded in 1874 has been put into liquidation today by its owner Andrew Green.

We now need to move forward and show this that this Rugby Club is for the people of Coventry and for the rugby community at large.

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28. Support a WA franchise in the NRL

With the NRL Executive Committee looking to make an official decision on expansion plans as early as next year (2010), there needs to be a strong and significant campaign continuing to promote Western Australia as a viable and necessary option.

The NRL claims to be a national competition, yet has a high saturation of its teams residing in New South Wales and Queensland (... and one team in isolation within Victoria, ACT, and NZ). This competition, at present, is not a national competition, but rather an Eastern States corporation.

For a long time, Western Australia has been a strong support for many sporting competitions. The Western Force have the largest membership base within the Super 14 (rugby union) competition. The Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles have two of the largest membership bases in the AFL. All three clubs are amongst the richest (financially) in their respective competitions. This is a significant point the NRL needs to recognise.

Additionally, Western Australia has the support base for rugby league, it has the infrastructure (grounds), it has a solid community development focus (amongst its local competition), and has historically held a franchise in the past; and is more than capable of operating one again.

Presently, the National Rugby League has suggested an expansion into the "central coast" region. Another eastern states franchise, in an already saturated market. This will only further cannibalise fans and supporters from existing clubs over in the Eastern States, and is a nonsensical approach to solving the competitions market coverage and financial short-falls.

It's time the rest of the country becomes involved in the game. It's time other states and territories are considered. It's time for the NRL to become a truly national competition as it's namesake suggests. It's time for the NRL to compete with it's main competition (the AFL) on the national stage.

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Football grounds have become sanitised by the introduction of all seater stadiums.

We want a safe standing area at East End Park to accommodate those fans who want to bring the atmosphere back to a stadium who once proudly had the title of Best Football Ground in Scotland. Let's put some life back into this grand old lady.


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30. Get the NRL to listen to the fans!

The NRL won't listen to the fans...they think the game is in a perfect state, when week in week out teams are getting robbed by shoddy refereeing decisions.

It is only worried about teams in Sydney when it is the NATIONAL Rugby League.

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