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SARU stand firm on SANZAR split

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Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Super 14, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 16 Aug 2010 at 22:19
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The South African Rugby Union on Monday stood its ground, despite the fall-out over a statement that their alliance with New Zealand and Australia – thereby with SANZAR – could come to an end after 2015.

Jan Marais, Chairman of the Executive Council of SARU, refused to back down from his earlier stance that South Africa would be looking at alternative options – in the wake of the most recent public spats between SARU and their Australasian partners.

Weekend media reports revealed that the SARU Executive Council demanded that alternatives to the Tri-Nations and Super Rugby tournaments be explored from 2015.

“We are always reviewing what is in the long term interests of South African rugby – as New Zealand and Australia do in their markets,” Marais told rugby365.com, when asked for clarity on the weekend reports.

“We’ll discuss those issues with our SANZAR partners when they’re here.”

On Sunday, Marais was quoted as saying: “The council gave the instruction that we should look at other possibilities beyond 2015.

“We can’t do anything about the current agreement, because we are locked in until the contract expires.

“However, there is the strong feeling that we should at least look at possibilities we can explore at the conclusion of our current broadcasting deal.”

Earlier, SARU President Oregan Hoskins attempted to pour cold water on the suggestion of a looming split, but Marais’ comments suggest the Executive Council is in no mood to soften their stance.

The relationship between South Africa, New Zealand and Australia has become more strained than ever in the past month, as a result of the Bok outcry over perceived refereeing bias in the Tri-Nations.

Then there was the charge of misconduct against coach Peter de Villiers, which was dismissed, and then came Hoskins’s subsequent claim of a “declaration of war” by the Kiwis and Aussies against South Africa.

But Hoskins, despite his earlier “war” statement, took a more conciliatory note at the weekend.

“Tri-Nations rugby is a robust game and we have robust conversations in the boardroom and occasionally knock each other down and have to pick each other up, dust ourselves off and get on with. But it has been like that since day one,” Hoskins was quoted as saying in the Sunday Times.

“The bottom line is that this is the toughest rugby competition in the world and we’re fully part of it with our neighbours.

“In that spirit, we’ll be having discussions with New Zealand and Australia when they’re over here and after that we’ll get on with ensuring we continue to produce the best rugby tournaments in the world,” Hoskins told the Sunday Times.

Article Courtesy of Jan De Koning Rugby 365.


  • I love the Tri Nations and S14/15 but maybe it is time to look at alternatives.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.10 07:28:55 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 1) :
    I tend to agree with you. S15 is just one step too far, and actually super 10 was just great as Samoa and Tonga and Fiji also played in it that was awesome.

    If we had a Super 10 without the 2 groups and play it like we played super12/14
    2 Aus + 2 NZ + 2 SA + 2 Argies + 2 (Samoa/Tonga/Fiji)
    Two best teams from each country go through each season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.10 08:36:26 by Uli Reply
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  • Will this not have a negative impact on the “quality” rugby we are playing? I think that if you want to be the best you have to compete against the best. I also believe that SA and NZL are very depended on eachother.(regarding success on the field that is) And what alternatives are there? Will SARU look north?? I’m afraid that those lot are alot worse then NZL and Aus put together and multiplied by a 100.

    O well, let’s wait and see… I’m sure that there won’t be a split and that this might just be a way of SARU sending a message to NZL and Aus.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.10 08:43:49 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 3) :
    Will this not have a negative impact on the “quality” rugby we are playing? I think that if you want to be the best you have to compete against the best.

    I used to think that too, but if SA leaves SANZAR, it will mean way less cash for the Aussies and Kiwis. Therefore less money for development etc. I think it would hit them harder than it would us.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.10 09:11:27 by klempie Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 2) : Just for interest sake, how will you determine the two top teams from SA?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.10 09:40:58 by Farlington Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 4) : True, we bring more to the table then Aus and NZL. And should push come to shove I think NZL will side with us.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.10 09:42:29 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 5) : Currie cup… Thats how they used to do it before.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.10 15:50:09 by Uli Reply
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