The mass exodus (8 players) of the Lions, is equivalent
scenario of a mass exodus (275 players) of South African elite rugby players to
Europe, the USA, Japan and even Australia.
This screams out that there is/was a problem at Newlands and
now relocated to Plattekloof.
The issue here is that SARU has no feeder tournament in
place to stop this haemoraging of players.
A feeder tournament is required for 2013-2015 for whatever
franchise sits out in that year, so they can use the feeder tournament to
regroup, develop and consolidate their player base.
Now both the Lions and the Kings are severely jeopardised in
the recruitment & retention of players for campaigns in 2013.
Without a feeder tournament all 6 franchises and all 14
unions are going to feel the financial fall out year in and year out and what
is SARU going to do about it?