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Super 18 on the horizon

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 22 Apr 2010 at 06:31
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The expansion of Super Rugby from a 14-team to a 15-team tournament may be short-lived. It is almost certain to expand to a 16- or-18 team competition in the next five years.

Andy Marinos, the acting Managing Director of the South African Rugby Union, said SANZAR “sincerely hope” to achieve another expansion within the next five-year cycle.

And the addition of Argentina, which will see the Tri-Nations become a Four Nations tournament, was again confirmed for 2012.

Rugby 365’s Jan De Koning writes that Marinos was speaking at a media function in Cape Town where SANZAR confirmed a new broadcast rights agreements for competitions across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa over the five-year period – from 2011 to 2015.

The new agreement is valued at US$437 million, which is a 35 percent increase on the comparable components of the current five-year agreement – which were valued at US$323 million.

Marinos described it as a “significant day” to be able to confirm the extension of the broadcast deal, following a “long and protracted” negotiation process.

Agreements for additional territories such as Europe, North America and Asia are still under negotiation and will add to this total.

Marinos revealed that South Africa’s income increased by 34 percent, with New Zealand getting 29 percent more and Australia 35 percent – even though the split of the US$437 million pot was one third each.

“This puts southern hemisphere rugby in a very strong and formidable position,” Marinos said, adding that: “It is going to put us on a very firm and sound financial footing going forward.”

Asked about the possibilities of expansion after 2011, when it becomes a Super 15, he said they are look seriously at it.

He pointed out that next year, a World Cup year, will produce an abbreviated 21-week Super Rugby tournament to accommodate the global showpiece.

“We won’t get a real feel, with the World Cup next year,” Marinos said, adding: “In 2012 it will be our first pure season.

“From a SANZAR perspective one of our imperatives is to continue to ‘expand, enhance and develop’ our competitions to make it the best in the world.

“So we are not completely closed that during the next five-year cycle we could have an expansion – either to 16 or to 18 teams.”

He said they “sincerely hope” to achieve the expansion within the next five-year cycle.

As for the addition of Argentina, which would only take place from 2012, he said it remains a “conditional entry”.

“While they have just about satisfied all the requirements, there are one or two hurdles we need to get over.

“Those we hope to have resolved by the end of May,” Marinos added.

Current SANZAR and New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew said the new broadcast deal represent a major vote of confidence in southern hemisphere rugby.

“We believe that rugby is in good health and that its appeal remains strong both in terms of participation and in terms of the interest of our fans across South Africa, New Zealand and Australia,” Tew said.

“This agreement underlines that and helps secure the new competitions and deliver them in all three countries and also, importantly, supports the game’s funding which allows all three Unions to continue to develop rugby through our investment in the community and amateur game and the retention of our best players and coaches.”

* Meanwhile, the proposed changes to the two marquee SANZAR competitions are already well underway.

Melbourne has been confirmed as the 15th Super Rugby Franchise from 2011 in a new conference-based competition.

Tew said the competition changes herald significant new appeal to the fans.

Market research undertaken in the SANZAR territories indicates fans place increased importance on local derby contests – which will be enhanced in the new Super Rugby competition – and support the potential evolution of the Tri-Nations with the inclusion of Argentina.

Australian Rugby Union Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill said 2011 would be a transforming season for the game across the SANZAR territories.

“This new broadcasting agreement, coupled with the exciting changes to take effect in Super Rugby next year, presents an opportunity for SANZAR to further enhance the popularity, profile and public support for the code,” he said in a statement.

“The implementation of a new and unique conference format is ground-breaking and it will deliver more compelling Super Rugby on a more frequent basis in each of the three countries. The ‘local derbies’ concept is one that inspires a sense of tribalism and internal rivalry in each country and we will further capitalise on that through playing those matches on a home and away basis.

“These are encouraging times for the game. We came through a difficult financial period that affected sports and businesses across the globe and have subsequently emerged with a superior broadcast deal to the previous two in place from 1996 and 2006.”


  • This is just stupid and will just further dilute the quality of rugby

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.10 06:49:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    And what worries the most is that it is marinos saying this not O’Neill. 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.10 06:54:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I am still waiting to see how the CC will work next year with the expanded S15 and the RWC. Will this year be the least reall CC and then IF we get a S18 the CC WILL be dead.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.10 06:55:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : agree 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.10 08:18:17 by Chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : No CC now that is just 👿 😥

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.10 08:19:27 by Chaz Reply

  • We can’t even have 5 decent teams in the comp…guaranteed they’re pushing hard to include the Southern Spears as our third bottom of the log contender.

    What an embarrassment, going for quantity vs. quality.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.10 08:35:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Furter expansion on the already crazy/bordering on stupid S15 will go down in history as one of the most idiotic sporting decisions of ALL TIME!!


    Maybe the administrators should realize that LESS IS MORE! If they are so hard up to include the Argies then why not drop one team from each country to make way for the extra teams. GEEZ ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.04.10 09:11:05 by Farlington Reply

  • how did the Crusaders end up on top of the log?

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.10 09:36:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 7) : As you say…MONEY MONEY MONEY etc.

    More teams means more weeks means longer television contracts means more money…..or so they hope.

    Reality is more teams means more weeks means lower quality rugby means loss in viewers means loss in advertising revenue means loss of broadcasting contracts means death to super rugby. (poor Kobus :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.04.10 09:38:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : The NZRU followed the ozzies example and bribed all their (kiwi) local referees to turn a blind eye come ruck and maul and scrum time for all Saders games knowing that none of these referees will be dropped because the head of sanzar referees is a kiwi.

    Putting the kiwis 1 – 0 up over the ozzies who does not have a head of sanzar refs and who tried to get their referees to turn a blind eye in all their teams’ games.


  • Comment 10, posted at 22.04.10 09:43:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Would just like to express my condolences to Bolla and his family.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.04.10 09:52:52 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 11) : What happened regarding Bolla?

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.04.10 10:05:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Points differential, crusaders +116, bulls +66

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.04.10 10:06:19 by Greg Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : there is a report that his Dad ‘jumped’ from a bridge & died at the scene.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.04.10 10:16:18 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 13) : I prefer my version :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.04.10 10:17:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 14) : Damnit that’s shocking….What problem is ever so big to drive a person to that extreme. Too sad.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.04.10 10:19:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : Yeah, the good old conspiracy theory, nothing to do with the fact that over the last decade or so the crusaders have consistently played the best rugby in the competition 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.04.10 10:39:06 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 17) : I thought they only counted this years points 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.04.10 11:34:52 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Make it 18 teams (with 6 SA teams) and the top 4 SA teams (based on their games against each other) go directly to the CC semi-finals with all the Boks available.
    Have a proper promotion-relegation match (or series) to determine who plays in next year’s Super 18. This will give more meaning to the CC than we have had in the recent past where teams have won the CC due to other teams being weakened because players were away on Bok duty.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.04.10 11:40:59 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Why not just do away with the Currie, Vodacom and Varsity cups, as well as the u21 & u19, and make it the super 400 or thereabouts?

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.04.10 11:49:27 by Greg Reply

  • Super 16, 2013, 6th SA franchise – Superkings, Sport24, JJ Harmse
    🙄 🙄

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.10 08:16:05 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 21) :

    I’m sure one of us will put up an article. Thanks dude!!! 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.10 08:31:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 22) : and one day, I will write one :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.10 08:36:54 by Jarson Reply
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