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Cheetahs in line for Super boot

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 21 Apr 2009 at 06:49
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The South African Rugby Union is set to launch a bidding process, if their wish for a sixth Super Rugby franchise is not granted.

South Africa’s fifth Super 14 franchise could decided via a bidding process, as was the case in 2006 when the Southern Spears were locked in a dispute for introduction into the Super 14. The Spears ultimately lost out on inclusion but the yet-to-be launched Southern Kings could find themselves in the same position this year.

South Africa are currently negotiating with their SANZAR partners around the identity of the sixth franchise with their toughest opposition coming from Australia, who also wants another franchise.

If South Africa is not awarded the sixth franchise, the Cheetahs – as the lowest ranked South African Super 14 franchise – could be in danger of losing their Super Rugby status.

However, Dr Jan Marais, a director of SA Rugby says the identity of South Africa’s sixth franchise is not the major concern for SA Rugby at this stage of SANZAR negotiations..

“The matter of which local franchises will form part of a bigger Super series is not a concern at the moment, ” Marais told OFM Sport.

“Currently we just want to reach an agreement with New Zealand and Australia on the outlook of this series. It is a priority for South Africa that our teams don’t play any games in June.

“Once we [the Sanzar partners] reach a conclusion on how the system must look, we will start negotiations for the other franchise. We [South Africa] want a sixth franchise and Australia wants a fifth one. Only after we know if we [South Africa] have a sixth franchise, we will start a bidding process for the different South African franchises who want to compete in the Super series.

“We will then award the different South African franchises on the bases of certain criteria. But at the moment it is irrelevant who [of the South African franchises] will form part of the bigger Super series.”

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • I read an article yesterday where O’neal was on about getting pissed at SA dragging their heels in getting the S14 sorted. 🙂

    Going to be some interesting days ahead.

    1) SANZAR to finalise the expansion
    2) 15th franchise to be awarded (SA or Aus)
    3) Which SA teams get’s dropped / moved to Aus.

    Fun times ahead.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.09 07:37:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Here’s a novel idea… drop a Japie team and add an Aussie side… S14…

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.09 08:46:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    😆 I’d go along with that, but that would mean dropping TWO Japie sides. 😛

    The Stormers won’t like being dropped at all. 😳

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.09 08:53:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • My suggestion would be to drop the Cheetahs and replace them with the Spears. Contract the 19 and U21 Boks to the Spears along with the “wealth of talent” that we are always told about along the Cape’s East Coast.

    Let the Cheetahs players go into a draft pool of players.

    At the start of the season the other franchises go into a lottery of picking the Cheetahs players to bolster their teams.

    Gor instance the Sharks have known that they have zero depth at looseforward, Brussouw and Smith could have been loaned to the Sharks. Ditto for the Stormers front row.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.09 10:56:55 by Loosehead Reply
  • WeLL at least then the $harks can rest easy!

    Dont count your chickins tOO sOOn gentlemen

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.09 14:48:34 by Oranje Orakel Reply
  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 5) :

    I don’t see anyone other than the lowest team in the S14 being dropped.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.09 14:52:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Thats why I say dont count your chickins tOO early

    on the $harks resting easy- the the ChEEtahs ends up being droPPed- then the $harks “can rest easy”


  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.09 14:56:22 by Oranje Orakel Reply
  • I remember when this plan was first mooted, the Sharks were at the Bottom (Putt was coach). Dick came on board and we ended up just missing the semi’s. Suddenly the Spears didn’t have a chance in HELL. It was almost like SARugby could loose the Sharks, but nobody else. The Ausies are whining(again) about the Super14, but they don’t have a competition like the Curry Cup and are keen to see it dropped just for their rugby viewership( competing with League and Rules) this plan will be to the detriment of SARugby( dropping the Curry Cup) just to keep the Ausies happy. For once SARugby has stood up against O’Neil and he doesn’t like it ( Kiwis have already bowed to his will)this is the reason for all the Sabre Rattling. Even Ritchie McCaw wants the Super 14 and Tri Nations preserved.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.09 23:23:40 by Dynamite Reply

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