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Earlier start to Super Rugby?

2012-08-31 11:37

Cape Town - SANZAR are preparing to stage an exclusive Super Rugby round for Australian teams ahead of next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

Because the Lions will play nine matches in Australia between June 5 and July 6, SANZAR are expected to start the competition a week earlier so two Australian derby matches can be played.

This will allow the Australians to break early ahead of the Test window and grab an extra week's preparation for their three-Test series.

The disruption for the 10 New Zealand and South African teams should be minimal.

A preliminary draw has been issued to franchises and broadcasters, but has yet to be officially confirmed.

The Lions will play all five Australian franchises and a combined mid-week team in addition to the Tests.

The Super Rugby competition was halted for three weeks this season to allow Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to play June Test matches. Regular season games were suspended between June 2 and June 29.

The All Blacks and Springboks will play domestic Tests next year against opposition yet to be confirmed.

Despite dissatisfaction with the unconventional draw, which means not all teams face each other, it will not be stretched.

"The issue is there are simply not enough weeks in the year with the conference structure and the desire to start the competition earlier is certainly not strong in any territory, especially not in New Zealand," SANZAR boss Greg Peters said.

Sport24

Comments
  • yusuf.mowlana - 2012-08-31 11:42

    "The issue is there are simply not enough weeks in the year with the conference structure and the desire to start the competition earlier is certainly not strong in any territory, especially not in New Zealand," SANZAR boss Greg Peters said." And this doesn't prove to them that too much rugby is being played.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-31 12:45

      And what about the sharkes, back and fourth Dont try to bend rules when it suits you bunch of convicts

  • chiepner - 2012-08-31 11:43

    WOW - always bending over backwards for the Aussie teams.....

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-31 12:12

      No, SANZAR expects the SA teams to bend over forwards.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-31 13:18

      The ridiculous thing is that SA brings in the Lions share (excuse the pun) of revenue, yet we are the perennial whipping boys of this little triumvirate.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-31 11:43

    SuperRugby should finish in May

      yusuf.mowlana - 2012-08-31 11:49

      And only have 12 teams

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-09-01 07:34

      why dont they do the same as with the curry cup, split the super rugby in 2? that way we still c all the teams play

  • steyts - 2012-08-31 11:49

    Superrugby is way too big!!! Too many teams and too long!!

  • dale.cuthbertson.7 - 2012-08-31 12:08

    This abomination of a competition just got worse! Too many teams and way too long. Local teams playing each other twice while not playing against some of the other teams at all?

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-08-31 12:10

    Super Rugby is killing our players - way too much rugby. Look at how injuries have hurt the Boks - we are not as competitive as we can be currently due to so many top players being injured.Their bodies don't get enough time to rest between Super Rugby and international games.Something needs to be done ASAP.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-01 08:05

      Why are the New Zealanders not injured??

  • gregory.bunyard - 2012-08-31 12:19

    the financial greed of Super Rugby is killing rugby for me...never before would I miss a springbok game...and this year it's happened.....i was 'rugby-ed out'!!

  • shaun.neveling.9 - 2012-09-01 21:03

    @macziekpk, NZ teams wont be injured as they dont run into oppostion, they run around and create overlaps!!!!!!!!

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