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New Zealand consider pulling stars out of Super 14

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Super 14 on 13 Dec 2008 at 12:23
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The New Zealand Rugby Union is considering introducing breaks in the season for top All Blacks to lengthen their careers after they appear to have gone cold on sabbaticals.

Rugbyweek reports that All Black star Dan Carter’s sabbatical with Perpignan which effectively starts this weekend against Leicester could be a concept that is consigned to history.

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says that his organisation would be loathe to allow such a deal again which means that no further All Blacks will be allowed to spend time playing away from home.

“We think it will be highly unlikely that we will have a repeat … of what Dan is doing currently.”

Instead of allowing players to take sabbaticals Tew said other measures such as allowing key players to miss some or all of a campaign like the Super 14 would be considered when it came to negotiating new contracts.

Players such as fullback Mils Muliaina or No 8 Rodney So’oialo who both come off contract at the end of next year could be offered a break in playing rugby.

Muliaina recently said that he was considering taking a contract in Europe and that he had investigated the option by talking to former team mates who had moved to the Northern Hemisphere.

Hurricanes captain So’oialo had had an enormous workload and could do with a break to extend his career.

“One thing we will look at for senior players, on a case by case basis, is the opportunity of having a break from playing,” Tew told the NZ Herald.

“If you look at someone like Rodney for example. I think he’s played in every campaign since he was 19, back in 2000.

“If he’s going to be any use to us in 2011 … he might benefit from having a campaign off.

“We want to retain that freedom.

“It’s not for every contract or every player. It will be very carefully thought through before it’s confirmed.”

The demands of modern rugby are such that players only get a real break when they pick up an injury and with the number of tests seemingly increasing by the year players get little time off at all.

Tew pointed to the example of lock Ali Williams who played a record 15 tests for the All Blacks this year.


  • I have never really thought of it this way, but it seems pretty clear that the Kiwis are making no secret of the fact that they think a stint in the NH is seen as a vacation / rest period.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.12.08 12:36:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Saturday, December 13, marks the start of the 1000-day countdown until the kick-off of the 2011 RWC.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.12.08 12:39:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : you a touch excited KSA ? :lol:
    are you going to be the official count-downer for the next 1000days :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.12.08 12:51:39 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 3) :


    Well if I start saving now I might be able to afford ONE ticket to NZ by then. :smile:

    i am just not sure if i will be able to look after the kids all by myself, while you are in NZ though. :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.12.08 13:08:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Against the odds and contrary to the world economic crisis and global market meltdown, one KSA’s shares have just risen dramatically!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.12.08 13:19:40 by Baldrick Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) :

    :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.12.08 13:20:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: just what do you want now exactly :roll:
    you seem to have forgotten hunny, there are definite pros to having family in NZ …. built in baby-sitters :wink: :cool: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.12.08 13:29:49 by KSA Sharkette Reply
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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 7) :

    Very true now we just need to get one of them to move to the South Island in-case we need a base there. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.12.08 13:40:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I presume that the NZRU are going to be paying these guys thousands and thousands of euros while they take a break from the Super14. Yeah right.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.12.08 13:43:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    I think it creates a rod for their own backs if they do this.

    A player would have to be a virtual definite for the ABs to warrant a rest. Once he becomes assured that he is going to get into the AB side his game WILL drop of just that little bit.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.12.08 13:52:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Clearly the break the All Blacks got in 2007 by missing the first 8 games of the Super 14, prior to the RWC was a huge success. I expect they will be doing something similar every season now. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.12.08 14:19:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : subtle :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.12.08 14:38:41 by robdylan Reply
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