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Marinos, O’Neill go at it


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Super 14, Wallabies on 9 Mar 2009 at 08:43
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SANZAR’s decision to award a 15th Super rugby franchise could spark a rugby war between South Africa and Australia.

Already there have been heated exchanges between the two countries rugby bosses and competition to get the 15th franchise is likely to intensify this battle.

Brenden Nel writes in Sondag that there was a heated exchange between SANZAR CEO Andy Marinos (who also is CEO of SA Rugby) and Australian Rugby CEO John O’Neill at the organisation’s meeting in Dubai this past week.

Marinos confirmed the confrontation, which took place as Marinos chastised O’Neill for revealing details of SANZAR discussions in the Australian press. SANZAR need to meet a June 30 deadline for a renegotiation of the Newscorp television deal, and are considering a number of options to make the competition more exciting.

Marinos was joined by SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins in his criticism of O’Neill during the meeting and a heated debate continued afterwards.

“It wasn’t an easy meeting and we know each nation is fighting for the rights of his own back yard,” Marinos told Sondag. “But we felt he had too much to say in public about SANZAR.

“That right belongs to the secretariat of SANZAR, which currently rests with South Africa. It is an extremely delicate time for negotiations and we don’t feel it is right to discuss all the details in the public domain. I told him to keep quiet in the future about such matters.”

Marinos also indicated that while O’Neill may already have decided the 15th franchise is an Australian one, the days that SA Rugby allows itself to be dictated to, are over.

“The days that other countries walk all over us are over. We will do what we feel is right for South Africa, within the SANZAR context, and nothing else.”

Sondag also said that it was confirmed that the 15th franchise would be based within the Australian conference after the competition was split into three conferences of five teams each based in each of the three countries.

But it wasn’t a decision that O’Neill, an outspoken advocate of change in rugby, could decide on.

“It is not for John to decide who gets the 15th franchise, it is a SANZAR decision,” Marinos added. “We (SA Rugby) believe it should go to the Eastern Cape franchise and that is where we stand.”

It is likely that the next few months will see the relationship between the two countries deteriorate as the bidding for the franchise continues.



7 Comments

  • Good on Marinos for the “The days that other countries walk all over us are over” bit.

    I see a bun fight on the horizon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.09 08:49:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    As long as O’Niel doesn’t play dirty by throwing quakkas (sp?) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.09 08:51:36 by wpw Reply
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  • Cheeky: Aus don’t deserve it
    2009-03-09 08:24

    Brendel Nel – Sondag

    Cape Town – Australia doesn’t have enough players to deserve a fifth Super 14 franchise.

    That was the stern message from Eastern Province president Cheeky Watson in reaction to the Australian viewpoint that the 15th team for an expanded SANZAR competition should be based in Australia.

    Watson is at the forefront of the move to have South Africa get a sixth Super rugby franchise, to be stationed in the Eastern Cape, and believes the area he represents has more than the inside lane on being awarded the franchise by SANZAR.

    “Australia don’t deserve it, they don’t have enough players to sustain and deserve a fifth franchise in the competition,” Watson told Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag.

    “On the other hand we have been busy with our plans for our franchise for some time now and we hope to make a firm announcement on June 16 before the British and Irish Lions match in Port Elizabeth.”

    According to Watson the coastal franchise – dubbed in local circles as the “Southern Kings” wants to make their debut as early as next year in the Super 14. For this to happen, they would need to replace one of the South African sides already in the competition.

    According to Watson, it makes no sense to relegate one of the South African sides and destroy the work that such a franchise has put in.

    “We are already looking at plans to include such a side in another competition while the Super 14 is being played. There are intensive negotiations on the go as we speak.”

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.09 08:51:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.09 08:52:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “We are already looking at plans to include such a side in another competition while the Super 14 is being played. There are intensive negotiations on the go as we speak.”

    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Here we go again. A reshuffle of the SA Rugby competitions? :evil:

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.09 08:54:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Australia doesn’t have enough players to deserve a fifth Super 14 franchise.

    And RSA does???????????

    Not one Aus team in the bottom 4 of the S14 log.
    THREE RSA teams in the bottom 4 of the log.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.09 08:56:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ah but an extra aus team means sa teams with have a five week tour every year. again south africa pays to develop rugby in the antipodeans. expanding the tournament will not bring back crowds, it will further dilute it and drive away crowds. i sometimes wonder if sa rugby actually does act in the best interest of rugby in south africa. i personally would like to give our players the winning feeling and play rugby against the celtic nations, than make our players lives harder by having to play a tournament that handicaps them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.09 09:14:54 by try time Reply

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