In news that’s unlikely to really surprise anyone, it’s been confirmed by SANZAR that the mysterious “18th team” set for inclusion in the 2016 Super Rugby extravaganza showcase will come from either Japan or Singapore.
With the addition of the Kings and a team of Argentine amateurs already sure to further increase the smorgasbord of mediocrity, one can only shudder at the prospect of seeing exactly what sort of player corps this “East African” team would comprise. Odds, I would think, would strongly favour a cohort of over-the-hill mercenaries from Super Rugby’s almost forgotten glory days finding their way into such an outfit.
SARU has been outmaneuvered again in these negotiations; in keeping their own conferences unchanged and ensuring that they will play against each other every year, the Australians and New Zealanders get the better deal by keeping a format that will ensure their rugby stays strong. South Africa, on the other hand, has been sold a glorified Currie Cup to be watered down further by the need to expand to developing nations. That in itself might have been easier to swallow if the 18th team had been from Kenya, Namibia or anywhere else actually in Africa, rather than some far-flung and god-forsaken corner of the Antipodean back yard that will negate virtually all the travel concessions that are supposed to be the benefit of this flawed system.
Singapore? You’ve got to be bloody joking!Tweet