All this talk of an expanded Super Series, with games running until August, is fantastic news for us, the supporters. I mean, what’s better than a non-stop competition between the best rugby players in the Southern Hemisphere? It’s pure bliss.
But with all the rugby being played – don’t forget an expanded Tri-Nations in the middle of all this – what does this have in store for the Currie Cup? Will South Africa’s top rugby players, who can’t even get through the normal Super 14 without burning out towards the end of it, be able to cope with that as well?
There has been a lot of talk in recent times about too much rugby, and it’s never been more evident; just take a look at the current year. Super 14 February to May, Lions series in June, Tri Nations July and August, Currie Cup September to October and then an end of year tour. It’s a lot of rugby. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, and I’m sure you do to, but can it last?
If this new expanded Super Series does happen, will it mean the end of our beloved Currie Cup? The Springbok players won’t be able to cope with all the rugby, which means that the unions will suffer, as the Boks will have their enforced rest periods. And if the unions don’t get their Springboks, the crowds will dwindle, and we all know the story from there.
The Currie Cup, over the past few years, has become the white elephant of S.A. Rugby, with Springboks not getting a lot of game time, and fans only going to the bigger games or derbies, with the Semi’s and the Final being the greatest draw card. The Currie Cup will end up being another Vodacom Cup.
So what do we do? What is a possible solution? A short and sweet Currie Cup, just to keep the old tradition alive? Or is it time to face the truth, a truth that might hurt, but we cannot deny it. Is it time for us to bid farewell to a great tradition?Tweet