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Taranaki keen for Super Rugby

2012-02-29 15:30

Cape Town - The Taranaki Rugby Football Union from New Zealand has expressed an interest to own a Super Rugby franchise.

According to Taranaki's website, the union will be submitting an expression of interest to the New Zealand Rugby Union with regard to ownership of a Super Rugby franchise.

"Careful consideration has been given to entering this process, and Taranaki Rugby only does so with the best interests of New Zealand rugby at heart. However, Taranaki Rugby has ambitions to host a Super Rugby franchise, and has the business model, as well as the financial and public support to do so," the Taranaki union said in a statement.

Taranaki's first preference for entry into Super Rugby is to expand the competition and it believes with the right competition structures in place, this is a realistic opportunity.

"Taranaki Rugby also understands the broad rationale under-pinning the current geographical arrangements are in the interests of New Zealand rugby. That said, if any existing franchise host was unable to promote a model that was acceptable to the NZRU, then Taranaki is ready and able to be considered."

Taranaki believes the current New Zealand model of 19 professional and semi-professional teams is unsustainable.

The union feels there should be an expansion in the number of Super Rugby teams, balanced by a significant reduction in the salary cap for payments to players in the current ITM Cup, which is New zeland's version of the Currie Cup.

"This would allow an ambitious union like Taranaki to become a franchise host, while reducing the overall costs to New Zealand rugby, and hopefully eliminating the problems currently being experienced by the Otago Rugby Union."

This comes after the Otago Rugby Union was placed in liquidation last Friday.

Taranaki is currently part of the Hurricanes franchise.

Sport24

Comments
  • Doug - 2012-02-29 15:44

    Good news for the SA Franchise who will be dropped next year for the Kings, the Super 18 could include a South Pacific team plus six from SA and NZ with 5 from Aus ????

      Robert - 2012-02-29 16:36

      The future tournament will be a Super24 (don't hang me just yet, hear me out) 4 pools of 6 teams each. The 6 teams in each pool play each other only, for round 1. After Round 1, the top 3 of each pool enter into a Super12 - Super League The bottom 3 of each pool enter into a Super12 - Extreme League Each league then plays each other in the old Super12 format, with playoffs from semi to finals. Different major sponsors are on board for each of the two leagues. With 24 teams, Super Rugby can accomodate the Pacific Islands, Japan, and Argentina, plus make room for teams like the Kings and Taranaki.

      Robert - 2012-02-29 16:52

      In case anyone's confused The 12 teams in the Super League only play the other teams in Super League, into playoffs for that league The 12 teams in Extreme League, only play the other teams in Extreme League, into playoffs for that league

      adrian.bruwer - 2012-02-29 17:13

      Why don't we start a MINNO15 series. Then these clowns can join the Spears. If we continue to expand the series, we'll end up falling off our chairs with boredom halfway through it..

      Robert - 2012-02-29 17:32

      @Adrian, that's why I propose this 24-team setup. After 5 rounds, we split the 24 into 2 leagues. Each with their own major sponsors and their own 'glory' and trophies to play for.

  • Jason - 2012-02-29 15:44

    Tarawho?

      Jason - 2012-02-29 15:46

      Although 16 teams or even 18 could work.............................you have 8 or 9 in a Super League and 8 or 9 in a Premier League................all getting TV time with relegation for the bottom 2 each season and the top 2 from Premier league being promoted. Could work maybe!

      Robert - 2012-02-29 16:39

      @Jason, read my 'proposal' above. I emailed it a few months ago to the Sanzar unions as well as IRB.

      Jason - 2012-02-29 17:03

      @ Robert...........................not a bad Idea! every year you have a chance to get into the Top league for the year! And it opens the doors for other teams.......could be big! And if im not mistaken......the boys play less rugby but we get to watch more rugby????

      Robert - 2012-02-29 17:34

      Exactly right. So you either work it on a relegation system between the leagues, OR, you continue with the start of the 4 pools each year, then split into league after Round 1, and watch two seperate leagues as well. And yes, LESS rugby for the players, but the quality we want in each league.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 16:08

    They can replace the Stormers.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 16:46

      The Stormers are SAFE as houses old Dozey. The SANZAR officials, the refs, the players from Aus and NZ would NEVER sacrifice their little holidays in the fairest Cape. If it came down to it, these chaps would rather sacrifice one of their OWN teams, than wave Cape Town as a rugby destination goodbye. Simple.

      Lion - 2012-02-29 16:58

      And the Oscar goes to.... Dozer. You hit the nail on the head there my friend

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 17:19

      Thanks Lion. I should get the Nobel peace prize as well.

      Shoosh - 2012-02-29 18:50

      there isn't a category for stupidity.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 19:22

      That's why I said 'peace' prize, knucklehead.

  • Papa-storm - 2012-02-29 16:20

    they can replace the bulls

      Robert - 2012-02-29 16:39

      Replace the only SA team to win Super Rugby, EVER? And that, 3 times ??? Are you mad?

      Robert - 2012-02-29 17:36

      Alex, no it was the Lions in the inaugural "Super10" competition, and that, without the regional setup for teams. The Cats were a failed Lions/Cheetahs blend which just never worked. But still, Bulls are 3 times champions in the harder, expanded competition, so dropping them can only be considered an absolute joke.

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