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Rassie brings IPL to rugby

2010-06-21 08:44

Rudolph Lake - Rapport

Johannesburg – The involvement of former Springbok flank Rassie Erasmus in the new International Super Rugby (ISR) competition will not affect his job as director of coaching at the Western Province Rugby Union.

Capetonians can therefore rest assured that Erasmus will still put the interests of the Stormers and WP first and foremost and will still strive to make these two teams the most successful in the country.

Erasmus, his namesake Frikkie Erasmus, a Cape Town lawyer businessman, and two very well-known names in South African rugby are in the process of founding a new international competition in South Africa – something that will change the look of SA rugby dramatically.

The new competition will begin in January 2012 and is based on the Indian Premier League cricket series with shorter matches lasting only half as long as a normal game, and adjustments to rules to make the game faster.

More than 200 of the world's finest rugby players will fight it out at the city's brand new World Cup Soccer stadiums in Cape Town and Durban, playing in a series in which eight teams with a lot of international flavour will compete for about three weeks for handsome prize money.

Springboks like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Juan Smith, Jaque Fourie, Heinrich Brüssow and Bismarck du Plessis, All Blacks stars like Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter and the Aussies Phil Waugh and James O’Connor, as well as several other top players from England, France and Argentina will be part of the new competition.

Erasmus has already discussed his future, and ISR plans, with the WP rugby bosses and they are satisfied that he will stay on as the Cape Town director of rugby.

The planned ISR competition will however force the country's provincial unions to review their current players' contracts. South Africa, New Zealand and Australia's Super Rugby franchises may also have to think about their preparations for this annual competition between teams of the Southern Hemisphere.

Super rugby teams usually start training early in January but in 2012, coaches may have to wait until February before they can begin preparing as players may be involved with the new competition.

All the international players who have been earmarked to play in the first ISR competition, have contracts with their national bodies and relevant provincial unions and teams that expire at the end of 2011.

According to Sport24's information, they will only sign new contracts with their countries and any provincial unions or teams if they are allowed to take part annually in the ISR competition from 2012.

But the new competition Could also be of great benefit for the South African Rugby Union as local players will be able to earn extra money in the series and therefore not have to leave the country for better pay overseas.

The expectation is that top players will earn millions – more than their current annual salaries – in the ISR series and will have no reason to seek greener pastures outside of South Africa.

Rapport

Comments
  • CRAP IDEA - 2010-06-21 08:49

    Why would we need this new IPL type of tournament, Our current team ie Matfield, Smit etc play to much rugby as it is. As for an IPL type tournament isnt that why we have the 7's???

  • jacques - 2010-06-21 08:58

    They are Killing our players!

  • Theuns - 2010-06-21 09:04

    Positive - "no reason to seek greener pastures outside of SA" Negative - it prolongs an already way too stretched-out rugby season for top players. If they could manage to modify the rules in such a way as to minimise the risk of injury, and "to make the game faster", this could prove very beneficial to players in getting them really fit for the season ahead. Good idea Rassie.

  • Martin - 2010-06-21 09:06

    We have too much rugby already. The players need to rest. Agree CRAP IDEA - There is sevens. No need to attact crowds. I have never seen a empty stadium when the Boks are playing ?

  • Stupid Idea - 2010-06-21 09:10

    This sounds likea a load of &%$# to me. The players are already playing too much rugby, SA rugby is healthy at the moment, don't make up bullshit tournaments and ruin it.

  • BALSAK - 2010-06-21 09:14

    Rassie the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Ricky and Rassie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doc - 2010-06-21 09:14

    The IPL and Twenty20 is killing cricket - why would anyone want to do the same to rugby?!? Leave our game alone! Afterall, we've already got Sevens rugby for those with a short attention span....

  • What Rubbish - 2010-06-21 09:17

    What rubbish really!If its going to be so intense how can you have a tournament in 3 weeks without serious injury.This is just a money making scheme that doesnt put the interests of the players future first.Can someone please come to their senses and stop this.This is why we have sevens!

  • JaJa - 2010-06-21 09:20

    This is an awful idea!!!!!!! Our players play to much rugby already!!!!!

  • PierreS - 2010-06-21 09:20

    Rassie is going to kill rugby and it;s players for the sake of the almighty dollar. Dumb ass ! This must stop people !

  • VAD - 2010-06-21 09:25

    Not a good idea, I’m not interested.

  • Jannas - 2010-06-21 09:27

    I thought that it already existed. They call it 'Sevens Rugby'. Perhaps someone should tell Rassie. It seems that the lights in his roof went out. If he wants to play the full version of it, I wonder where he wants to fit it in. Our players are already stretched to the limits - or does he have visions of WP losing the Currie-cup and now he wants to cancel it? Please feed the man some grip for breakfast.

  • Danie - 2010-06-21 09:27

    Noboby will buy transformation players like Ricky and Aplon. They are useless! Aplon can't tackle and gets pulled 70m when he tackles and Ricky has been useless 90% of his career.

  • Maanhaar - 2010-06-21 09:30

    Rassie is just after the money. Has and will always be a golddigger with no integrity. Our players need less rugby, not more.

  • Blikperd - 2010-06-21 09:34

    Enough good rugby being played already. Curriecup is still awesome but doesn't get enough exposure as it is. More rugby will kill the curriecup. Empty pavilions not good for rugby.

  • Jan - 2010-06-21 09:34

    Is dit net ek, of klink dit na 'n geldmaak storie? Met die uitgebreide S15 vanaf 2011, gaan daar reeds +/- 7 weke xtra rugby wees. Hoe gaan die spelers kan volhou? Hulle is mense en nie donnerse masjiene nie. Lyk my Rassie soek iets anders om op terug te val as sy geliefde Stormers weer die knie moet buig volgende jaar.

  • Hennie - 2010-06-21 09:35

    Ag nee Rassie. Ek het werklik baie respek vir jou gehad, maar as die waar is verloor ek alles. Nie alleen vir jou inteligensie nie, maar ook omdat jy vir geld gewillig is om dit wat jou gebring het waar jy is seer te maak. Skaam jou!

  • GVA - 2010-06-21 09:38

    The IPL over did it with cricket, that a lot cricket lovers just lost interest saying it was too much. Being a rugby lover myself I hope this ISR dosn't get off the ground. There is enough good quality rugby being played at the moment! To much of a good thing is bad!!

  • Greg - 2010-06-21 09:39

    Big question mark here???

  • Sharky andrew - 2010-06-21 09:40

    What is Sanzar going to think about this tournament? they've just signed the Super 15 deal, and now rassie comes up with this k@k idea for a new tournament, which is going to weaken the player resources for the already established Sanzar tournaments. I doubt they're going to sit by and watch as Rassie throws a major spanner in their plans. the IPL works in cricket because there is enough of a break between all the tours and major competitions to accomodate it. there is no such luxury in the rugby calendar at the moment to hold something similar.

  • Jack Sparrow - 2010-06-21 09:42

    1. No Union after spending and contracting players for millions will permit them to get damaged over a period of weeks 2. There will be no brand/team loyalty for these entitites 3. In a game of 80 minutes rugby only 34 minutes is game time The other thing is - have the players like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Juan Smith, Jaque Fourie, Heinrich Brüssow and Bismarck du Plessis, All Blacks stars like Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter and the Aussies Phil Waugh and James O’Connor, as well as several other top players from England, France and Argentina will be part of the new competition - CONSENTED to their name being used? I think not........................

  • Cherrie - 2010-06-21 09:44

    whatever !!!!! Have ONE request ...remove John Smit as captain..PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

  • Riaan - 2010-06-21 09:44

    What a load of rubbish...why mess with a wonderful game, enjoyed over decades by all ....Rassie shows once again that he is a money hungry individual who idolizes everything that glitters....he should have been named Rashbanzi by his parents.....hehe..

  • michael - 2010-06-21 09:47

    This American style 'instant gratification' is going to kill sport!!! The greed knows no bounds>

  • Anti-Rassie - 2010-06-21 09:48

    Rassie is just seeking attention - AGAIN! What a whimp!

  • Steadfast - 2010-06-21 09:50

    Good idea Rassie. Your detractors seem jealous that they never thought of this plan. Many players will benifit financially from this tournament. Too many players are just discarded in SA.

  • DanMan - 2010-06-21 09:55

    wouldn't be such a bad idea if players weren't already overstressed by the super 14 / 15 and hectic international schedule. I suppose the reason it'll work is because they'll use all star players who are already so close to their retirement that this'll give them a last chance to play international rugby (i.e. the likes of Shane Warne in cricket... I suppose Matfield can't be far away... boohoo there go my bulls). I'm sure the injuries will pile up though.

  • clown - 2010-06-21 10:03

    Rassie Erasmus has gone totally money mad.. ....money, money, ...buy, buy... .....flippen clown.....

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-06-21 10:06

    If this happens we can really say goodbye to the Currie Cup. Either that or it will become a development competition for young players. SUper Rugby goes until August from next year. Tri Nations gets expanded in 2012, and ten this in January. I can't see how the Currie Cup will survive amongst it all.

  • Ir8m8 - 2010-06-21 10:06

    The world is spinning ever faster people, change is innevitable...get with the Americanisation of things...

  • Hennie - 2010-06-21 10:08

    Rassie jou kop raas!

  • Whatever - 2010-06-21 10:12

    We lose allot of talent overseas because we dont pay enough and do not have enough avenues for people to play the game. I say go for it, like the IPL, many players to stretch the longevity of their careers and earn what they deserve. IPL never killed cricket, it has revived a dying game and encouraged renewed support for this sport. I think if this is managed well it will do the same. Players get PAID to play. If the are tired, take a leave of abscence! GEt on with it..its now a paid JOB!

  • Bees - 2010-06-21 10:12

    This is fantastic. The only ones not saying so are the pumpkins who dont work hard enough to earn good money. Go sulk somewhere else you bunch of lazy louts. Also fantastic opportunity for our brothers to join the ranks by a different form of rugby but at least earning some good money.

  • Whatever - 2010-06-21 10:14

    We lose allot of talent overseas because we dont pay enough and do not have enough avenues for people to play the game. I say go for it, like the IPL, many players to stretch the longevity of their careers and earn what they deserve. IPL never killed cricket, it has revived a dying game and encouraged renewed support for this sport. I think if this is managed well it will do the same. Players get PAID to play. If the are tired, take a leave of abscence! GEt on with it..its now a paid JOB!

  • Morne - 2010-06-21 10:14

    Awesome,what a great idea!

  • hans - 2010-06-21 10:15

    As a rugby supporter all I can say is-What a joke-Rassie start your own " Rupert Murdock circus" somewhere else and I hope Stormers sack you. In SA where provincialism is very much alive I wonder who will wach this - I hope nobody. Do SA Rugby listen to anyone? Dr Tim Noakes has been telling them to play less for years????????? Please IRB and SA Rugby stop this madness.

  • Herman - 2010-06-21 10:19

    Go Rassie, jy is n inperasie en n legende as dit kom by rugby en die vooruitgang daarvan. Met jou rekord van success by die Vrystaat en Wes kaap unies is ek sonder twyfel dat die ISR nog n groot success gaan wees.

  • Al - 2010-06-21 10:25

    Way to much rugby already people are going to loose interest. injuries are going to start being a big problem.

  • DC - 2010-06-21 10:25

    Hoop Rassie lees die algemene gevoel en stop die nonsens

  • Hey Mister - 2010-06-21 10:33

    Is'nt there already a game like this, which they play with only 7 player a side. Idioot kom by!! Leer eerder die klomp stormers hoe om die Bulls te wen, en los die tos uit.

  • pieter - 2010-06-21 10:34

    Fantastiese idee!!!!! Sal beslis beter wees as Saterdag se nonsens op Witbank!

  • Geejay - 2010-06-21 10:36

    Will Lions players also be included

  • pieter - 2010-06-21 10:36

    Fantastiese idee!!!!! Sal beslis beter wees as Saterdag se nonsens op Witbank!

  • John - 2010-06-21 10:41

    Agree. Too much rugby. Sure the players will get more money, but the will probably shorten their careers. Cricket does not strain a body as much as rugby.

  • rugga fan - 2010-06-21 10:41

    i feel this will make rugby look cheap.... just like cricket has become..... or maybe its just to make a quick buck..... hope im wrong because rugby world wide is getting more exposure, even being recognized as a Olympic sport now

  • Why? - 2010-06-21 10:42

    I used to love cricket, along came this IPL rubbish that I never watch and I dont watch any cricket anymore. What can you prove in 40 min rugby match? It is a bit of a lottery as to who wins these type of matches anyway. In the 20/20 cricket if you lose one or two early wickets there is no time to rebuild and its game over. The rugby will probably be the same.

  • harding - 2010-06-21 10:46

    john smit wont be playing in 2012 but the rest of it sounds pretty lekker. Dont know were the players will get the legs and maybe its a good thing they will be earning millions more as there careers will be cut short by at least a couple of years with the amount of rugby they have to play now,

  • Jou Bliksem! - 2010-06-21 10:49

    Nee jirre Rassie, jy will rugby mos nou omskep in n Amerikaanse weergawe van die sport. Dan kan ons dan vergeet dat spelers langer as twee jaar kan speel. Die wereld lyk my draai net om geld deesdae. Sies man, skaam jou...

  • @Cherrie - 2010-06-21 10:53

    What has John Smit got to do with this article ? He didn't play on Saturday and what was the result ? SA didn't play like a team ! Go watch netball !!

  • Rob - 2010-06-21 11:05

    commercial load of ####. lets stick to real rugby.

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