SARU delays Currie Cup call
Cape Town - A Special General Council Meeting to discuss the restructuring of the
Currie Cup has been postponed, the SA Rugby Union (SARU) said in a
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The meeting, scheduled to be held in Cape Town on Friday, has been moved to 13 February.
purpose of the meeting was to discuss, for the third time, a proposal
to expand the premier domestic rugby competition from six to eight teams
"However, soundings taken by the Executive Council
(Exco) in advance of the meeting clearly indicated that the latest
proposal was unlikely to reach the required two-thirds majority," SARU
"In those circumstances, the Games and Policies Committee
has been asked to reconsider the proposal for re-submission to the
council next month."
In the current format, the team which
finishes bottom of the log plays a promotion/relegation playoff against
the top finisher in the first division.
Last season, the Pumas gained promotion at the expense of the Griquas who were relegated to the first division.
restructuring would allow Griquas to remain in the premier division,
while the Eastern Province Southern Kings, who finished second in the
first division, would also find themselves in top-flight rugby in the
SARU president Oregan Hoskins said it was not merely
a matter of agreeing to expansion, but that differences between the
provinces on other matters needed to be resolved.
local dynamics. We know in the Eastern Cape there is a huge challenge
between the partners Eastern Province, Border and the South-Western
Districts," Hoskins said when the proposal was mooted last year.
are at massive loggerheads and it is a challenge for us and we are
working with them to work through their differences to see if they can't
find common ground."
The way the finances were distributed among the 14 unions also posed a challenge, he said.
is a huge issue in our rugby about how the cake should be divided.
small unions have over the last few years received a massive exponential
increase in terms of grants from the mother body.
"My worry is the bigger unions who have to contract the Springbok players and we've seen the exodus of players [going overseas].
"If we don't get it right in how we divide the cake, we are going to be in trouble going forward."