Rugby

Gold: Super Rugby format is absurd

2016-01-15 07:11
Gary Gold (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has described the new Super Rugby format as “absurd”.

The Sharks have been drawn in the second South African conference, ‘Africa Two’, which means they will play all the New Zealand sides and none of the Australian sides during the conference stage - one of the bizarre features of the new 18-team tournament.

In an interview with Rugby365, Gold said: “The only thing I will say about it is that when you play sports at the highest level, all you really want is a level playing field and this competition does not provide you with that.

“It is a little bit absurd, but in saying that it is what it is and there are some exciting things.”

The Sharks also have a tough tour to New Zealand ahead of them. They will face the Blues, Highlanders and Chiefs before returning to Durban to face to face the Hurricanes, before jetting off to Argentina to face the Jaguares.

“I don’t think you understand the toll it has on the bodies when you fly east to west, recover from jetlag, play a game and then fly east to west again for another game.”

But the Sharks mentor has assured fans that they have plans in place to try and make their season a success.

The Sharks are in the same conference as the Lions, Kings and the Jaguares and kick off their Super Rugby campaign on February 27 against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

 

 

 

Read more on:    sharks  |  super rugby  |  gary gold  |  durban  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
Vote

The Kings will play this year's Currie Cup in the "B" First Division. How will this impact their Super Rugby participation next year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.