The Currie Cup expansion is back on the SARU table.
Last we reported was that there was to be a potential re-vote on the expansion of the Currie Cup, to include the Pumas and Kings into the current six teams. Since then though, Griquas have been relegated and the Pumas are already guaranteed Currie Cup Premier Division rugby next year.
According to a report on Sport24 this morning, Oregan Hoskins is confident that the re-vote set to happen in December, will see the Currie Cup expanded to include the Kings and the newly relegated Griquas.
It seems that the problem is more about money, than it is about adding two new teams to the Premier Division.
The smaller Unions are unhappy about how the money is split between the 14 unions. At this stage, the majority of the money goes towards the bigger unions, as can be expected. But the lack of money in the smaller unions is causing them to lose out on players, as players move after the money, and would rather sit on the bench or just be a fringe player at a bigger union, than staying at a small union.
Hoskins was quoted as saying that the smaller unions have had substantial increases in their grants over the last few years, and that this is part of the reason so many players are heading overseas. As the smaller unions receive more money, the bigger unions are unable to pay all their Springboks, and this has led to an exodus of players going overseas.
If this problem is not fixed over the next few years, we can all just imagine the state our rugby will be in. Let’s hope this December meeting can not only sort out some of the problems within South African Rugby, but that sense prevails and all unions can move in a similar direction. That direction should be to make South African Rugby the best in the world.Tweet