According to a front-page story in Rapport on Sunday, the world’s best players will take part in an eight-team IPL-type tournament. The matches will be played in 20 minute halves, with this new version of the game having new exciting rules making for running rugby. South Africa will host this competition from January 2012.
Players could earn more from appearing in the three-week competition than from their annual provincial or club contracts. This is currently the case in cricket, with its stars making more than $1 million in the six-week IPL (Indian Premier League). The IPL has been a massive success and is growing far beyond the expectations of the owners.
Western Province senior professional coach Rassie Erasmus is said to be part of the consortium that will manage the tournament.
Whether this will be good or bad, considering the amount of rugby currently being played at the moment, will have to be seen. With talks already rife of a Super 18 tournament and the extended 4 Nations Southern Hemisphere tournament, we will be killing the game and potentially killing the Currie Cup in the process.Tweet