Singapore – The Sunwolves’ entry into Super Rugby is unlikely to grow the game around Asia, according to the sport’s new rights owner in the region who believes showcasing more local action online will have a greater impact.The Tokyo-based franchise, which will also play matches in Singapore, began the Southern Hemisphere competition with a 26-13 home defeat against South Africa’s Lions on Saturday after a tumultuous preseason spent trying to assemble a team. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The expansion into Asia is expected to increase the revenues of tournament organizer SANZAR, but New Zealander Tim Martin, who has scooped up the rights to show Super Rugby matches in 23 Asian countries, wondered what else a Japanese entrant brought.“I don’t think the Sunwolves will do a huge amount for Asian rugby,” he told Reuters in an interview in Singapore this week after securing the rights deal.“I think they will do a lot for Japanese rugby but they won’t do a lot for Malaysian rugby. I don’t see how those dots join.”Martin, a former advertising executive, made waves when his Coliseum Sports Media snapped up the rights to show English Premier League soccer matches in New Zealand using his online platform in 2013.He took a bold leap then for a fledgling start-up — albeit backed by a U.S.-based billionaire — but believes Japan would have been better off taking a conservative approach to growing the game after the World Cup win over South Africa last year.“Why leap into Super Rugby, which is the hardest, most competitive rugby competition in the world,” he said.“The Sunwolves could be a disaster, I hope not and I don’t think they will be but they could. Nobody wants to watch a team get whipped.”As well as showing the Sunwolves and Super Rugby around Asian countries, he also bagged Rugby Championship matches, European internationals and domestic action from England, France, South Africa and New Zealand among others.He admitted the $14.99-a-month subscription could prove too costly outside the expat-heavy markets of Hong Kong and Singapore and did not expect many people in Myanmar or Bangladesh to subscribe and watch the English league final.But he said his online model meant no increased cost for running matches in multiple countries and opened doors to the inquisitive few in Bhutan and beyond.He believed adding local rugby to his portfolio would help attract audiences and showcase a pathway to the elite, adding he also planned to make some All Black internationals free to view.“I think we have to make rugby bigger in Malaysia and Singapore and Korea and I think that’s about getting younger people into it and access to more content and all that stuff,” he said.With rugby’s inclusion in the Olympics this year, the sport is tipped for big growth in playing numbers.Martin said the number of Asian unions had doubled to 32 in the last 10 years and that there were 400,000 registered players in Asia — outside of Japan.“I reckon rugby in the region can become a significant thing. It’s right on the cusp,” he said.He said he wanted to eventually grow from 23 countries to 200, leaving the sport’s traditional bases, like New Zealand and England, alone and showing rugby online to new audiences around the world where television companies have overlooked the game.Asia, though, with its young, tech-obsessed population that could easily access his platform, was first priority. He said New Zealand and the bigger unions had failed to maximize their name by selling individual rights in different markets like he has.“There are a whole bunch of fragmented unions. Its chaotic, we think there is a role for an aggregate,” he said.“It will help turbo-charge the game’s growth.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS Super Rugby, Sunwolves RELATED PHOTOS The Sunwolves’ Akihito Yamada (right) tackles Jaco van der Walt of the Lions during the Sunwolves’ Super Rugby debut at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground last Saturday. | REUTERS
Manchester City and Lyon Olympique entered the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, beating Real Madrid and Juventus Turin. Content will continue after the ad Advertising Manchester City played 2: 1 (1: 1) with Real Madrid without spectators.In the sum of two games, “City” was superior with the result 4: 2.The home team scored the goal in the ninth minute, making it even more difficult for the royal club to play back after losing in the first fight on their field.The guests played on their side of the court, and in the penalty area Rafael Varani disarmed Gabriel Žesūss, passing the goal in front of Rahim Sterling, who easily scored the goal, achieving the result 1: 0.The Real equalized in the 28th minute when Karims Benzemā scored with a head to the right Rodrigu.However, the home side took the lead 68 minutes into the game, making the score 0 – 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. Once again, Varane made a mistake, playing the ball back to goalkeeper Tibo Kurtuā, catching the pass to Jesu.In the second match in Turin, “Juventus” played Lyon’s “Olympique” 2: 1 (1: 1) after losing in the first game.In the sum of two matches, a tie was recorded 2: 2, but at the expense of more goals scored by the visitors, the Lyon footballers were superior.Already in the 12th minute, the guests won a huge handicap, for the passing of Hussein Auar in the penalty area, an 11-meter penalty kick was convincingly realized by Memphis Depay. This meant that the homeowners already had to score three goals. Christian Ronaldo was tackled two goals. 43 minutes had been played and the home team was awarded a penalty. He scored a second goal 17 minutes later with a long shot, after which the ball flew into the goal, hitting the goal post.In the last 15 minutes of the match, in an effort to cool the home attacks, the Lions earned four yellow cards, but also in the six minutes of the compensation time, kept their goal unoccupied.In the quarterfinals, the two Friday winners will meet.The quarter-finals will take place in Lisbon from 12 to 15 August. Semi-finals are also planned for August 18 and 19, and a final is planned for August 23.Last year, in the final of the UEFA Champions League in a duel between two English clubs in Madrid, Liverpool defeated Tothenburg’s Hotspur 2-0.
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