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O’Neill blames the Japies


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Super 14, Tri Nations on 1 Nov 2008 at 14:14
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South African rugby came in for strong criticism from Australian rugby boss John O’Neill in an interview with Australian Associated Press on Friday when he blamed them for not supporting the proposed six-team Super 14 play-off format proposed by Sanzar.

www.sport24.co.za

The postponement of the new play-off structure is the result of the failure of SA Rugby to budge from their stance that the top team from all three Sanzar countries – South Africa, Australia and New Zealand – must be included in the six-team play-offs regardless from where they end on the log.

O’Neill said that SA Rugby had embarrassed Sanzar officials who since February had been “working towards better things”.

“It’s not a good look, in my view. We’re talking about the future of Sanzar, were talking about going to a Super 15, Super 18 down the track, and we couldn’t even agree to a format of a six-team finals series. It has damaged our credibility with out broadcasters,” O’Neill said. O’Neill also upset the New Zealand Rugby Union when he said that players who are eligible to play Test rugby for any of the three countries be allowed to play for any of the Sanzar teams in the Super 14.

The Kiwis have been outspoken about selecting players for the All Blacks who are playing their rugby outside New Zealand.

O’Neill’s motive for his proposal is that it would be better to keep the top players from the three countries in the Super 14 rather than see them move to the northern hemisphere leagues.



11 Comments

  • Go SARU :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.08 14:15:51 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • o’neil is just upset that hoskins is not bending over like those before him.go hoskins.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.08 18:37:45 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : Agree. Hossie is turning out to be made of stern stuff indeed

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.08 18:43:54 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • anyone see the SS advert for the sharks?cool ad!

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.08 20:07:53 by PJLD Reply
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  • O’Neill and Tew are getting to big for their shoes. How does PdV say? They have to work on synergy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.11.08 09:39:24 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • failure of SA Rugby to budge from their stance that the top team from all three Sanzar countries – South Africa, Australia and New Zealand – must be included in the six-team play-offs regardless from where they end on the log.

    Am I understanding this correctly…if so how stupid can this be..surely the top 6 regardless go into play-off…

    or perhaps I am missing something..I mean its good that Saru are standing up to the Aussie bullies but at leat come back with something that makes sense..

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.11.08 10:36:13 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 6) : I agree that this as ridiculous, but the concept of a 6-team playoff in itself is equally ridiculous. Let’s hope the whole thing stays scrapped

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.11.08 10:46:39 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Seems WP have signed Duane Vermeulen (a name marked for greatness if ever there was one).

    Great player, and would normally be a good signing, but now they have Burger, Watson, Lobberts, Koster, Vermeulen and a few others – and kak front-rowers. :?:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.11.08 11:56:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : good youngens coming thru though.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.11.08 13:05:51 by PJLD Reply
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  • Seems dof- 6 team play off – adds another three weeks to a tourney that seems fine in its format.

    @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Lobberts?!?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.11.08 09:14:55 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 10) :

    I never actually saw confirmation of this, but I think this is what BF is refering to.

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/07/31/lobberts-going-south-with-a-borken-jaw/

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.08 07:38:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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