Rugby World Cup 2011

SARU agrees with NZ concerns

2011-10-05 16:25
Mark Alexander (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The SA Rugby Union says it will raise concerns around the Rugby World Cup's commercial restrictions but will only do so at a suitable time.

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The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has threatened to withdraw the All Blacks from the next World Cup unless the commercial model is reviewed, which prompted IRB boss Mike Miller to say the All Blacks are not irreplaceable.

NZRU chief Steve Tew was earlier reported as saying that the unprecedented step would be "the very last port of call" but could not be ruled out, as current arrangements meant his organisation posted a loss every time the quadrennial tournament was held.

SARU Deputy President Mark Alexander told Eyewitness News that they understand and support New Zealand's grievances, but believe the timing of the remarks were out of sync.

“I think we have an opportunity when we have the IRB conference on 18 [October] to raise these issues,” said Alexander.


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