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IC11 Men\\\\\\\'s Div 1 Grand Final - Ireland\\\\\\\'s Double Glory
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 10:13 am ACST

Regional Championships are very important and help promote the game in the host country, and they are great for prestige for the winning country.  The travel cost to the participating nations is more often a huge burden especially where long distances are involved.

SO I wonder if a number of 3 match test series(as happened between Tonga and New Zealand when the Oceania Champs fell over) is not a better option for the time being.

The advantage is that only half the number of teams are travelling in that year(the home sides travel the next year) so costs are less for the different leagues over any 3-4 year period.

Just need to try to have nations that are relatively evenly matched compete against each other so there are few blow out type games. Three very close matches will tend to create "showdown", "rivalry" situations between the nations which can only be good for promoting the sport in these countries. 

Cam

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