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And then there was 14 (again)!!!


Written by Jan Dyman (JD)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14, Super Rugby on 22 Mar 2019 at 10:22

As from the 2021 Super rugby season Japan’s Sunwolves will be axed from Super Rugby reducing the total number of teams back to 14.

The very unpopular conference system will also disappear with the Sunwolves as the competition will return to its previous round-robin format.

Now a lot of reasons is given as to why the decision was made ranging from reports that SANZAAR (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby) was not prepared to bankroll the Sunwolves after Japan’s rugby board withdrew financial support, South African teams complaining about distances travelled to Tokyo and Singapore for the Sunwolves’ home games, Japan support for France (against South Africa) in the 2023 World Cup bidding, concern about the number of non-Japanese in their team raising questions over their core mission of developing Japanese home-grown rugby players, the Sunwolves refusal to pay a “non-negotiable” participation fee of about 1 billion yen ($9 million) a year to stay in Super Rugby, viewer number of Sunwolves games, etc.

As usual I’m sure there will be the usual 3 stories (my side, your side and the truth) with the real reasons probably in there somewhere but do we really care why?

So how will this now work? Each team will play 13 games (with 2 byes also included) in the round-robin stage . Home and away games will vary between 6 or 7 according to an alternating two yearly match schedule.  The top 6 teams will then progress to the knockout stage where the top 2 teams will have a bye and the teams ranked third to sixth will play quarterfinals. The winners of the quarterfinals will then play the top 2 teams in semi-final games with the two winner playing in the final.

Now before celebrating to much lets just have a quick look at what will be a problem that I foresee. Only 4 of the 14 teams is based in South Africa. This will result in SA team playing 5 away games in Argentina, Australia and New Zeeland resulting in 5 to 6 weeks of touring depending on the match schedule.

But no ja I suppose we can’t get everything we want and personally I think that if this is what must be done to get back to a proper round-robin format it is worth it

 



12 Comments

  • Only took sanzaar 6 years to get here but at least they arrived. Good news imo

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.19 14:22:11 by Byron Wright Reply
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  • Now when can we get back to playing each team and taking it from there.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.19 17:44:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 2) : 2021!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.19 19:40:28 by JD Reply
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  • Better, this…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.19 22:18:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 1) : @pastorshark (Comment 4) : also like it more but don’t think players will like the loooong tours!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.19 22:24:16 by JD Reply
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  • Too little too late Id say. Super Rugby has pretty much run its course.

    The best SA results happened when there were 5 SA based teams and 1 in Perth. Shorter tours gave our players a leg up.

    Then SARU pretty much shoot themselves un
    in the foot by insisting on inclusion for the Kings.

    Who remembers the Kings.

    Die Ende.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.19 01:06:31 by fyndraai Reply
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  • More interesting than the rugby these days is the situation with Saad’s company.

    Do you guys think it’s another Steinhoff?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.19 01:10:40 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I kind of don’t care about the format it anything SR related if my team doesn’t seem to have any hope of performing in it. Whatever the format.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.19 13:09:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 5) : I think we will be back to a four week tour to New Zealand and Australia…and then 1 match trip to Argentina at another time…not much more travelling than we do now…and we go down to 13 games from 16…not too bad…

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.03.19 22:22:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : What’s up with Saad’s company?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.03.19 22:23:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : yes every second year will be “long” tour playing 2 Ozzie en 3 NZ teams away resulting in 5 week tour. Other year will be a “short” 4 week tour playing only 4 games on Oz and NZ and then probably 1 game in Argentina.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.03.19 09:47:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Aha…I see your point… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.03.19 10:57:20 by pastorshark Reply
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