Rugby around the world: Iberia

I kindly remember one comment in the NZ Herald last year about the pool rivals for the All Blacks (Italy, Portugal, Romania and Scotland)

"Portuguese scare me. I don't know anything about Portugal".

Spanish as I am it made me smile; How high this kiwi aficionado rated the rugby in Iberia (Spain and Portugal)!!! Portugal managed to score two tries against the All Blacks, true. But they received 105 points against, if I am not mistaken.

The truth is that Portugal and Spain play in the same division, and they cannot certainly pose any threat to any Tier 1 nation.

But, alas, some news are nice to read, and the news that Spain and Portugal are engaging their own SuperRugby competition is certainly good news.

Data:
  1. Ten teams, 5 from Spain, 4 from Portugal, 1 from Gibraltar (since Gibraltar belongs to Britain, they could be hot-favourites, don't you think? :-)
  2. 10 players in each team will get paid (that is how professionalism can be introduced in Iberia)
  3. The name shall be: "Liga Super Iberica"
  4. Kicks off in 2009 hopefully

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please keep me posted on this league. I am afraid that if Spain are to beat Germany, Iberian rugby will take another slapshot. Please forward me all you hear and if the name Alphonson Rodriguez(he has one cap I believe) ever appears, please let me know. As you know I had the Spanish national jersey stolen from me but my Ricard placemat says Club Amigos Del Rugby-Portaceli-Sevilla. As you know, I believe, I was his university coach here.

Monsieur Rugbycan

Andrew said...

La Vila have teams at all age groups, junior teams play competitive rugby in the Valencian/Alicante Leagues on a home and away basis.
1st team (Spanish Premiership - top 10) 2nd team, U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 teams.
Phone the club stadium office for more details Mon to Fri 9.00 to 1.00 pm on 96 589 03 76
La Vila Rugby Club is situated at Carretera Pantano, Villajoyosa. Take AP-7 exit nº 66 (Villajoyosa). At the first roundabout take the 1st exit and head for the mountain. It is about 1 km from Motorway exit nº 66. Or take the Villajoyosa by-pass (N332), and take the 2nd exit for Villajoyosa, at the first roundabout,follow signs for the motorway Sella and Orxeta and at the second roundabout bare left towards the mountain & Orcheta, look for the rugby sign about 500 meters on the left.
2000 seater stadium - Free Parking - Entrance to 1st team home games is 5€ - Under 16's get in for Free.
For more information in English goto: www.rugbylavila.net scroll down the lefthandside of the homepage and change the language into English.

Andrew said...

Villajoyosa Rugby Club have just been awarded the first professional franchise in the Valencia Community to participate in the New Rugby SuperIberica Competition.

This a great coup for Sport in the Costa Blanca area and will ensure professional top class rugby in the area for many years to come.

The first professional rugby union tournament in the history of Spanish rugby union will have a franchise system. There will be 6 Spanish teams and 4 Portuguese. This is a quantum leap for the game in Spain.
This brand new Rugby project includes an initial 6 Franchises from Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Basque Country, Andalucia, Castilla and Leon Valencia. Clubs awarded a place will be joined by 4 teams from Portugal. The concept is based loosely on the Magners league which is the successfully competition played between teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The League is a closed franchise concession for 10 years without promotion or relegation. Most games will be broadcast Live on Canal Plus TV.

The SuperIberica league will commence after the domestic league has been completed, during the months of April, May, June and July. The League begins on April 24th and the final four will playoff on July 5th.

La Vila will play in this new league under the name of 'Costa Blanca Mariners' combining the local aspects of tourism and seafaring.

Anonymous said...

First, Gibraltar belongs to Spain
Second, the FER, the Spanish Rugby Union Federation is the worst orginization the entire rugby world
Thrid this iniciative is private I mean without counting with the back up of the FER
Fourth nice to hear that in the rugby world we can cantribute something but our level is like the tongan team football aweful!

Anonymous said...

Gibraltar does not belong to Spain if you knew your history correctly and secondly we have our own internal league with the prospects of many Gibraltar players been drafted into the Sotogrande rocks (notice the name "Rocks") which is rumored to play in the super Iberica rugby league next season.