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  • Xia was bidding for Southampton right up until Villa deal
  • Now he’s frustrated by the sport’s resistance to change

It didn’t matter which English soccer club Tony Xia bought, just as long as he got one.

The Chinese businessman was so keen on an acquisition that he wrote to bankers expressing interest in Premier League team Southampton. That was days before completing his 60 million-pound ($74 million) deal in May 2016 to buy Aston Villa in Birmingham.

“It wasn’t just Southampton, we also held discussions with a lot of clubs,” Xia said in an interview in Beijing last week. He agreed to buy Villa after striking up a relationship with the club’s former owner, American billionaire Randy Lerner.

The almost arbitrary nature of the purchase offers an insight into China’s blossoming relationship with the world’s most popular — and richest — game and the seemingly insatiable appetite for assets that’s continued into this year.

It follows President Xi Jinping’s endorsement of a plan to develop China’s sports economy and, in particular for the soccer-loving leader, a national team that might one day win the World Cup. Since then, businesses have poured billions into the sport, with some of the country’s richest men grabbing clubs abroad.

“Even if we didn’t buy Villa, we would have entered the sports industry through other means,” Xia said. “Now that we have control of Villa, we will leverage this opportunity and use it to further our business in the sports industry.” That might include a partnership with a “prestigious” French team whose controlling shareholder approached the club for a partnership, he said.

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Ireland formally launched their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Dublin.

Dick Spring, the bid’s oversight board chairman, announced Ireland’s entry to the ‘candidate’ phase with France and South Africa also vying to be hosts.

“We intend to ensure Ireland’s proposition will be world class and compelling,” he said.

“We believe Ireland is ready to stage a Rugby World Cup, a tournament that will capture the imagination of the world.”

Ireland formally announced their bid in December 2014 and a final decision on the hosts will be made in November next year.

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THAT RUGBYPLAYER ALWAYS NEEDS HIS NETBALL GIRL BESIDE HIM

THAT RUGBYPLAYER ALWAYS NEEDS HIS NETBALL GIRL BESIDE HIM

New Zealand beat Australia in the final at Twickenham to retain the 2015 World Cup

Ireland have made a bid to host the 2023 World Cup, along with France, Italy and South Africa.

World Rugby confirmed that the four unions submitted their applications before Thursday’s deadline.

Ireland and Italy have never staged the World Cup, although games were played in Ireland in the 1991 tournament. South Africa and France were hosts in 1995 and 2007 respectively.

The winning bid will be announced in November 2017.

South Africa Rugby wants to host the competition despite a government ban on it staging international events because it failed to meet racial transformation targets.

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THOSE AREN'T BRUISES. THEY'RE BADGES OF HONOR.

THOSE AREN’T BRUISES. THEY’RE BADGES OF HONOR.

The Six Nations has announced there will be a bonus-point system in the 2017 championship to “encourage and reward try scoring and attacking play”.

Last season it was two points for a win, but that will become four – plus a bonus point for four or more tries.

A losing team could pick up two bonus points – one if they score four or more tries and another if they lose by fewer than seven points.

A team that wins the Grand Slam – all five games – gets three extra points.

Teams that draw will now get two points each with a similar bonus point available for high scoring.

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RUGBY IS FOR PEOPLE WHO SUCK AT FOOTBALL

RUGBY IS FOR PEOPLE WHO SUCK AT FOOTBALL

James Davies made the team of the tournament

Welsh hero James Davies has made the World Rugby Olympic Sevens dream team after helping Britain claim the silver medal in Rio.

Voted for by visitors to the world governing body’s Sevens website, the Scarlets flanker is joined in the prestigious line-up by Team GB pal Daniel Bibby, who dramatic late try secured the quarter-final win against Argentina.

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RUGBY WINDOW

RUGBY WINDOW

Afghanistan National Rugby 7s Team will take part in series of 7s matches in the upcoming Asian Development Sevens Tournament. The tournament endorsed by the Asian Rugby Football Union and the World Rugby  will kick off on Friday February 26, 2016 in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Afghanistan has already participated in the similar tournaments in 2013 and 2014 hosted by UAE Rugby Federation and has managed to secure the runner up title at the West Asia Rugby Sevens Tournament.

The participating nations in the tournament are: Chinese Taipei, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Afghanistan, Syria, Thailand, and the host nation UAE. As rugby is developing in Asia the participating nations this year in the event is doubled as compare to previous years.

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