South Africa, New Zealand and Australia are said to be considering the establishment of an independent executive to govern southern hemisphere rugby.
The Super14 website reports that since the time when rugby went professional in 1995, the three partners of SANZAR, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia have taken it in turns to manage and control Super Rugby and the Tri Nations tournaments but there is no formal central body that controls everything.
When the time comes to make decisions three partners must agree or the idea is dropped.
The best example of this is still fresh on everyone’s minds as just last week SANZAR could not agree on how to implement the expansion of the Super 14 finals so the idea was postponed for a year.
If there had been an independent body managing the tournament the idea might have floated for longer than it did.
“It’s all part of the review to take Super rugby into its next generation.” ARU deputy chief executive Matt Carroll told the Australian.
“It’s up to SANZAR to make those appropriate announcements at the time.
“We are part of the process and everything is being reviewed, but it is still a work in progress.
“It’s like when you look at the competition structure, you look at how you organise the competition as well. There is a working party of the three unions and that’s progressing well.”
Australia and New Zealand are said to be in favour of the move but South Africa are not yet convinced.
“We are in favour of whatever organisational structure is going to take Super Rugby in particular to the next level,” Carroll said.
“It’s early days to decide what is the best way.”Tweet