SANZAR marriage on the rocks
Sydney - The South African Rugby Union are looking at breaking up the SANZAR
alliance because their relationship with Australia and New Zealand is
The Sunday Times newspaper
in Johannesburg on Sunday reported that SARU have already got the ball
rolling on what they'll do when the current SANZAR deal runs out in
2015 and are considering ending Super Rugby and the Four Nations.
an executive council meeting in South Africa last week the first nail
in the coffin of SANZAR was hammered, with the decision made to look at
splitting away from the NZRU and ARU.
Chairperson of the SARU board Dr Jan Marais confirmed to the Sunday Times
that they want to look elsewhere.
"The council gave the instruction that we should look at other possibilities beyond 2015," Marais said.
"We can't do anything about the current agreement because we are locked in until that contract expires.
there is a strong feeling that we should look at possibilities we can
explore at the conclusion of the current broadcasting deal."
between SARU and SANZAR partners New Zealand and Australia have been
strained for a few years and the relationship was nearly terminated
last year when the three countries were trying to negotiate a
broadcasting deal to kick in when the current one ends this year.
since the new deal was signed there has been no improvement in
relations, with this season probably being the worst since SANZAR was
formed in 1996.
This year the Springboks
management have complained throughout the Tri Nations about the way
referees were officiating them and the All Blacks.
was also unrest when SANZAR pushed ahead with a misconduct hearing
against Springboks coach Peter de Villiers, who said referees wanted
the All Blacks to get winning results to help make next year's World
Cup a success.
When SANZAR ordered a the hearing
it sent SARU president Oregan Hoskins into such a rage that he called
it a "declaration of war".
In yesterday's report Hoskins did appear to be in a more restrained mood, but admitted relations had been "tense".
Nations rugby is a robust game and we have robust conversations in the
boardroom and occasionally knock each other down and have to pick each
other up, dust ourselves off and get on with it," Hoskins said.
"But it has been like that since day one.
"The bottom line is that this is the toughest rugby competition in the world and we're fully part of it with our neighbours.
that spirit, we'll be having discussions with New Zealand and Australia
when they're here and after that we'll get on with ensuring we continue
to produce the best rugby competition in the world."
had asked to have an interview with Hoskins this week to allow him the
opportunity to explain SARU's concerns, but this request was turned