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SARU delay Super 16 presentation


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2012 at 09:00
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The to-ing and fro-ing over SARU’s Super Rugby expansion idea continues, with the latest news being that the South African delegation has opted to push back their presentation to their SANZAR partners to an unspecified date.

We reported previously that a team of high-ranking officials, representing both the national body and a number of the current franchises, would this weekend make the case for expansion to their Australian and New Zealand counterparts; South Africa sees an expansion to 16 teams as the only way to accommodate the Southern Kings in Super Rugby without dropping one of the existing teams. The position from across the Indian Ocean has always been that the competition must stay in its current format, with any decision related to the Kings inclusion one that affects South Africa, and South Africa alone.

Apparently the latest hold up stems from the fact that the South African team needs more time to work out the details of two further options – it seems they would like to put four different scenarios on the table for discussion, rather than just the two they currently have. Hats off, then, for the thorough doing-of-homework that seems to be going on, but you can’t help but feel that by insisting on this meeting, only to delay it at the eleventh hour, it’s once again the South Africans who are perceived to be wearing the big shoes and baggy pants when the SANZAR circus meets.

SARU bigwigs Jurie Roux and Danie Alexander will travel to Australia regardless and continue with discussions aimed at selling “the principles of expansion” or words to that effect. With Australia and New Zealand both completely stonewalling any advances made to date, a part of me wishes they would rather spare the cost of the plane fare and rather donate that to the Players’ Fund, since it will ultimately accomplish more, while doing a little to save the planet in the process.

“This is an important issue for South African rugby and we need to ensure that we have covered all bases,” said Roux of the expansion proposals. “We have two options for our partners to consider but are completing work on a further two. If that takes a week or two more then we’re happy to take that time.”


4 Comments

  • “With Australia and New Zealand both completely stonewalling any advances made to date, a part of me wishes they would rather spare the cost of the plane fare and rather donate that to the Players’ Fund, since it will ultimately accomplish more, while doing a little to save the planet in the process.”

    Hear, hear!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.12 10:55:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Somebody suggested that we play the conferences individually i.e. all derby games, and then the top 3 from each move through to the next round and play against the teams from the other conferences. Maybe this would be a fair way to do things? We could then have as many teams in our conference as we want to.

    Obviously pros and cons, but I thought it was an original idea. A very obvious con is that we won’t see everyone play against everyone else.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.12 11:08:20 by StevieS Reply
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  • Fact is SARU should never have signed off on the new conference system ..

    Couple that with poor offciating and Rugby Union is losing alot of viewership.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.12 15:24:46 by csb Reply

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  • The problem with the competition expanding to 16, from an aus point of view, is that we would be back to an even number, thereby nullifying the need to award 4 points for not playing, and making teams like the rebels and force look good in teams of log points! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.12 10:23:35 by Greg Reply

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