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Hoskins stands up to SANZAR bullies

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 29 Sep 2008 at 07:05
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South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins has issued a warning to New Zealand and Australia that they will not allow themselves to be bullied in the SANZAR alliance anymore.

Rugby 365 reports that Hoskins confirmed that there had been a change in stance in South Africa’s role in the SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) alliance after he took over the seat at the Southern Hemisphere organization from ousted SA Rugby Board chairman Mpumelelo Tshume last weekend.

Hoskins raised eyebrows last week by publicly declaring opposition to New Zealand and Australia’s plans to play the same Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) in the Super 14 as had been played in 2008, as opposed to the global ELVs currently being tested across the world.

With the British and Irish Lions tour next year, Hoskins was worried about using two sets of laws and the effect that it would have on the world champions preparation for the three Test series.

Now Hoskins has admitted that there is a new South African line in the SANZAR relationship, and that the country will no longer be a silent party to several Southern Hemisphere decisions pushed by either Australia or New Zealand.

“We’re tired of being the third party in the marriage,” Hoskins told Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag.

“We may have treated SANZAR with kid gloves in the past and tried to placate everyone with the decisions, but it is time that we show we are not happy with what is going on.”

Hoskins recently took over the South African seat after SA Rugby’s Board chairman Mpumelelo Tshume – who previously represented the country at the meetings – was removed from his position.

“I think in a way we tried to keep unity in SANZAR at times and it cost us,” Hoskins told Sondag.

“We wont be doing that anymore. We are World Champions, and we have the third biggest television market for rugby in the world after England and France. We sit in a favourable time zone for European television services and we have a lot in out favour.

“Our players and officials have been complaining for long enough about the cards they have been dealt and how certain things in our competitions seem to always be biased against them and I believe it is time that this gets the attention it deserves.”

Hoskins comments can be seen as a veiled threat to the SANZAR alliance, especially with the Newscorp television contract coming to an end in 2010 and there already being talk of possible competitions with the Six Nations countries.

But Hoskins made it clear that he wasn’t talking about leaving SANZAR.

“Our aim is still to play against the strongest teams in the strongest competitions, but we wont allow ourselves to be bullied into decisions anymore.”

Hoskins is likely to be in stark opposition to Australian rugby boss John O’Neill, who has unofficially taken up the title of SANZAR spokesperson for several years now.


  • hallelujah. finally saru got some balls. we end bottom of the s14 and tri nations because we have always just bent over and taken it. we are rugby in the southern hemisphere and we are better than new zealand. we just get the worst fixtures and ridiculous demands that break us every year. we get the worst refs in the world, and the list goes on. it is time we get what we deserve. without us australian rugby would be a floundering fish waiting for extinction.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.08 07:57:17 by try time Reply
  • what better time to show who is boss than now. super 14 and tri nations attendances are at the worst in nz and aus. kick them while they are down. they did it to us.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.08 07:59:19 by try time Reply
  • I am thrilled to hear this fighting talk and commend SARugby and Hoslins for talking a firm stand.

    The travel factor in the S14 needs to be relooked and changed. How can 5 weeks away, traveling to NZ, then Oz, then back to NZ then back to SA compare with a 2 week trip from Oz/NZ to SA?

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.08 08:43:36 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) : exactalamondy. we will always battle with the cards stacked against us. how many more defeats can sa teams take before crowds leave the stadiums and put sa in the same predicament facing new zealand rugby. look at how lions are battling with low attendances. it is ridiculous that their home games become away games due to more opposition support going to cokehead park than lions supporters.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.08 09:03:27 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 4) : I’m not so sure it’s about the team as much as it’s locality. Change where they play, even if it’s to a 30 000 stadium. Rather 20 000 spectators than 5000.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.08 09:22:42 by Baldrick Reply
  • SA Rugby is going to suggest a new, revamped S14 comp – I think Rob put the thread up.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.08 09:35:03 by MorneN Reply
  • How much of this is simply posturing? Would like to see a better deal brokered for SA teams, but how?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.08 09:55:08 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : simple weaken the kiwi teams by making the teams that play in their version of the currie cup be the teams that play in the s14. currently they use regions and take the best players from a region. similar to province who use boland players and cheetahs that use griquas players during s14. teams have to earn a spot in the s14 by finishing top of their local competition. so sa and new zealand get the top 4 or five from their tournaments into the s14. australia gets two or three teams in and a team from the islands and one or two from arg get a chance. by dropping the number of aus and kiwi teams the sa teams play less away from home. and by stopping the regionalising of teams we get fairer teams. it will also put more importance on the currie cup.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.08 10:16:56 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 8) : Aren’t SA teams all regional teams? Or supposed to be?

    Don’t think we can get away from the travel though. Just make them travel the same.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.08 10:22:43 by McLovin Reply

  • Well done Hoskins, this is music to my ears. I’ve been advocating a much harder stance to the SANZAR agreement for years. We also need to stand up to the Aussies, particularly when it comes to disciplinary procedures and sentences. They always get away with murder and its about time we didn’t just stand by and accept it.

    Also the Aussies are only pushing for all the ELV’s to be implemented because it is in their favour and plays into their hands.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.08 22:03:59 by Villie Reply
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  • Don’t really like Hoskins but kudos to him. Like what he’s saying. Screw the Aussies! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.08 09:07:23 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 11) : Lately he is starting to impress me as well. I just hope it is more than kicking up dust only. 😐

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.08 09:45:07 by Silver Fox Reply

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