'IPL' rugby presented to SARU

2010-06-27 15:34

East London - A delegation from the South African Rugby Union met the developers of a proposed new rugby competition in East London on Sunday.

The five-man SARU delegation received a formal presentation from Rassie Erasmus and Frikkie Erasmus on a proposal to hold a pre-season rugby tournament in South Africa in January 2012.

Mr Oregan Hoskins, the president of SARU, made it clear at the meeting that any such tournament would require the sanction of SARU before it could be held.

The SARU delegation will report back to the 14 provincial unions on the meeting as well as to key stakeholders, such as the International Rugby Board and SANZAR.



  • Jack Sparrow - 2010-06-27 17:21

    There is no comparison to 20/20 cricket - It is inconceivable the unions who contract the elite players for millions will risk them for a frivolous tournament with little return to the Unions investment in the player.

  • Harold Mills - 2010-06-27 19:08

    The rugby programme is overloaded as it is. The players must be under tremendous strain physically and it would not benefit anyone to cut short their rest period.

  • T-bird - 2010-06-27 19:31

    Too much rugby already for the lads to handle, and no-one is interested in second stringers. Give them a break. Health and fitness comes before money!

  • Renee - 2010-06-27 20:08

    More rugby?? Our guys are going to be so tired. They're not getting enough rest.

  • Vanilla - 2010-06-27 20:30

    Guys, it will be a short tournament that may include international rugby stars like Cooper, Carter, Muliaina, Rokocoko, Chabal, Wilkenson and O'Driscoll. The game will be based on a T20 form of rugby, with 20 minute halves and most likely 12 players per team on the field. This should be a spectacle worthy of your money, especially since the majority of the games will be played in 2010 WC staduims. Hopefully this will showcase new talent from smaller franchises and lesser known rugby regions, much like the IPL did for cricket.

  • Suurpoep - 2010-06-27 21:42

    Please stop this circus !!!!

  • sireli - 2010-06-27 21:53

    Not a good idea. Rugby players already play to much rugby. Unions won't made available their players. A season is already about 12 months a year for a rugby player so where will it fit in. We do have 7's already and Super 14 unions don't release players for them so what is the chance that they will be allowed to play in the new competition.

  • KUNZIE - 2010-06-28 06:32

    Surely the sevens format already covers the shortned version of the game.Rugby is financialy stable enough and does not need an attendance bail out like cricket did.Getting top Springboks to play this style will cost us in the long run and seems like Rassie and Co only want a piece of the cash cow.

  • Nick - 2010-06-28 06:41

    Use it to play the likes of Earl Rose and Roly Poly Januarie, and Puke Watson. Leave the real players alone to play real rugby

  • Anthony - 2010-06-28 07:15

    Replace the vodacom cup with this ! ! !

  • Jacques - 2010-06-28 07:28

    This is STUPID, a 20 minute a side rugby match, just imagine how many injuries will arise from this as both teams need to play double hard to score points as it is so short, how many players do they want put out of the game. We have enough Rugby in the year, Super 14, Sevens, Currie Cup, Four Nations, Winter Rugby and any tours. Come on guys they are only thinking about money right now.

  • Lefty - 2010-06-28 07:38

    Rassie get some Trophies in the Stomers / WP cabinet first before you start with this absolute stupidity of a IPL rugby league . Pre season ?? Where is the pre season when the year end Tour ends in late November and the Super 14 starts in Feb . What about the conditioning of the players and their rest . This seems more than a get rich scheme by Erasmus and co ..

  • Lefty - 2010-06-28 07:43

    Mooi so vir die Beast !!! Goeie gebalanseerde span . Maar waar is Franscois Steyn ??

  • wEzO - 2010-06-28 07:55

    rugby is already only 80mins. who wud want it shorter? i already cry when the game final whistle blows and i got nothing else to watch

  • ockert - 2010-06-28 08:27

    Might be a way for SARU etc to identify new upcoming players ?, if you have non-top type players involved with to "old" players and several to "old" overseas stars, and take this out into the areas that Rugby is not functioning - like the Eastern Cape, Far-North (Limpopo), Northern Cape etc. ?? - used to develop the game and expand it at all costs.

  • lixard - 2010-06-28 09:14

    But we already have an IPL style tournament: it's called Sevens!

  • riaan - 2010-06-28 09:17

    rasssie gaan rugby op@!$^&@^ ,hy kan nie eers sy eie spelers kry nie ,koop ander unies sin ,hy is n slegte invloed op rugby in suid afrika,ek is n cheetah ondersteuner ,hy is net n geldwolf en verraaier

  • Oli Newmy - 2010-06-28 09:18

    Rassie, focus your energy on getting the Eastern Cape (Southern Spears) into the Super 14 franchise. Your voice will make make an impact. This is a great tourny for identifying talent in outlying areas, but as mentioned above the ROI on a player with the status of Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Frncois Steyn, John Smit is too low unless you are promising high rewards for quick game turnover.

  • wiledog - 2010-06-28 09:54

    what a load of BS! hope SARU sees through the motives behind this and don't go for the quick buck, but rather look after the players/unions' interests...

  • nonsense - 2010-06-28 12:34

    ..typical stormbarian nonsense.. ....again... ...Rasie Erasmus have to much time and to much money...

  • g@t - 2010-06-28 13:09

    Lyk my Rassie Erasmus hou daarvan om sy naam g@t te maak.. .....He he he..!!

  • Staalburgher - 2010-06-28 13:38

    Go away, Rassie. So sick and tired of this media-driven hype that everything must be shorter and faster. Rugby is growing world wide and its audience figures keep on increasing. What on Earth makes you think we need some 'take-away rugby' format? Please, this is an embarrassment for the proud history of Rugby Union.

  • Zaq - 2010-07-02 10:23

    Great idea! Imagine seeing new faces and talent, not in India, but here in SA - WOW! Can't wait!

  • MEYER - 2010-07-02 12:33

    Very easy... Just don't support it... I certainly won't. Money makes the world go round I guess?

  • RAMA - 2010-07-07 08:23

    If any one at SARU has brains then they will reject this stupid idea. Rasisie find another way of making money dont do it by killing our game

  • rugby kenner - 2010-07-07 13:43

    dink net daaraan hoeveel nuwe spelers die geleentheid gaan kry om hulself aan die unies te bewys wat nie voorheen die geleentheid gehad het nie. hou op om so negatief te wees. daar is mense wat die bokke en ander spelers monitor oor hulle kondisie voor- en deur die seisoen!!!

  • Dirkman - 2010-07-09 11:44

    NEE! Dis tydmors! Bring eerder weer rugbytoere terug met midweek games man, as julle nou wil karring. Patetiese idee!

  • Jimbo - 2010-07-13 10:29

    Isn't there already a competition like that...the Super 14?

  • William Tatham - 2010-07-27 03:05


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