SARPA calls for end to SANZAR circus

Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 19 Aug 2010 at 18:29
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The South African Player’s Association has called on the SANZAR partners to stop their threats of dissolving the partnership.

Piet Heymans called on the SANZAR partners to resolve current issues which led to threats of a split to be dealt with in a calm professional manner.

This comes after weeks of accusations of unfair treatment from particularly the South African Rugby Union and its president Oregan Hoskins. The situation reached a boiling point when Bok coach Peter de Villiers was called before a disciplinary committee for comments he made insinuating that there was a conspiracy against the Springboks.

SA Rugby’s Hoskins responded to the call for a disciplinary hearing that he and SA Rugby viewed this as a ‘declaration of war’.

De Villiers was subsequently found not guilty on the charge of bringing the game into disrepute but this did not stop SA Rugby from publicly announcing that they are looking at options outside of the current SANZAR partnership hinting at a possible partnership with unions in the Northern Hemisphere.

Heymans appealed to the organisation to keep in mind the interest and importance of the players involved from all three nations and asked that if issues like these are considered, that players or player representatives be included in negotiations.

SARPA Media Release:

The South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) which represents the contracted rugby players in South Africa has called on SANZAR to deal with the current challenges and differences in a calm and professional manner.

“The players view Super Rugby and the Tri-Nations as the best rugby competitions in the world and also the toughest to participate in. The players are concerned that emotions are driving the current differences within SANZAR. Should the SANZAR partnership be dissolved it could have serious implications, not just for South African rugby but world rugby as a whole,” says Piet Heymans CEO of SARPA.

“The professional players are currently being paid by the proceeds of the SANZAR broadcasting agreement and this is the lifeline of South African rugby and should not unnecessary be put at risk as it could affect hundreds of professional players in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia should this partnership be dissolved,” continues Heymans.

“During the renewal of the SANZAR broadcast deal various alternatives were investigated and the reality is that there are not viable options that can provide the players and the public with exciting world class rugby. SARPA believes that the current strained relationship within SANZAR should be addressed in a constructive manner and that ways and means should be investigated and implemented to try and resolve the differences within SANZAR in a professional manner. These differences should not lead to the dissolving of the SANZAR partnership but like any other partnership differences will arise but it is important how they are addressed and dealt with.” says Heymans.

“The players have a vested interest in SANZAR and the administration of professional rugby. It may well be in the interest of SANZAR that the players are more directly involved in the administration of SANZAR, especially when important decisions and differences are made and discussed,” concludes Heymans.


  • Shut up you bloody agent: you guys are never part of the solution anyway.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.10 22:22:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Didn’t Aus and NZ threaten to establish a competion with the Pasific Isles and Japan excluding SA sometime ago?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.10 07:35:10 by Jarson Reply
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  • don’t think there is anything wrong in looking into differenet options. in fact i would say it is prudent. but SARU overplayed this card IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.10 08:25:51 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 3) : What options are there? Not so sure that our friends in the North will receive us with open arms.

    I’am however not convinced that a split will occur

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.10 09:58:04 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 4) : :lol: we already infiltrated them – would feel like another CC.

    North seems to be the only viable option. With Americas you have this travelling issue that they are complaining now.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.10 10:13:44 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) : Yip, they did indeed, something to do with the travelling, the economic benefit and a better chance of Aus winning the cup…

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.10 10:32:05 by Mole Reply

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  • @Mole (Comment 6) : was listening to Kiwis talk on Reunion and they were saying that it is important to them to have SA in SANZAR and for SA to be in SANZAR because of the fees from tv rights that they all rely on.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.10 10:36:14 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 7) : So they basically want to keep the monopoly together – 3 top sides generate a lot of money in sponsorship deals then a group that includes Japan/Fiji/Tonga?? Am I on the right track?

    As much as I look forward to the Tri-Nations each year, Ive always wondered how we would do in a 7 Nations type format… EOYT not really the greatest benchmark in comparing us with the teams up North.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.10 10:41:49 by Mole Reply

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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 7) : This is just it… The Kiwi’s depend alot on SA, more so then the Aussies. If they are serious then the Kiwi’s might just side with SA, unless they approach Japan where money is “apparently” not a problem?

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.10 10:47:17 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 9) : I think that in money terms the SA side of broadcasting provides 60% of the revenue. I might be wrong but I recall reading that somewhere. I am not sure if it is the same for the S15.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.08.10 11:04:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 10) : Howzit lostfish, I read that the broadcasting from SA provides 64% cause of the time zone. Not too sure about the S15. I do know some of the games from Oz and NZ are shown in the NH cause it is morning games and don’t interfere with the football screening over there. Not very sure about it, but did read bloggers moaning about not getting our games shown there cause of that. Ask Rob he will probably know living in London.

    Think we should stick with NZ and OZ why do we want to head off to NH to play our rugby, rather see us play the best teams in the world like we are doing right now. Grow it in the SH I say. Bring in Arg and a combined Pacific Island team. Both in Tri-Nations and S15. Make it a 5 Nations then. More interesting and I would like to see only 4 teams from SA/OZ/NZ in the Super games and bring in 2 from Arg and 2 from a combined Pacific Island. Now that is growing it in the South. North don’t need us they have plenty rugby of their own up there.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.08.10 12:51:58 by Puma Reply

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