SANZAR pick Super 15 panel

2009-10-28 07:50

Johannesburg - SANZAR has appointed former Rugby World Cup-winning captain David Kirk and retired High Court Judge, the Hon Barry Paterson QC, to act as the independent Expert Determination Panel to adjudicate on the location of the 15th Super Rugby team from 2011.

The matter was referred to the Panel for a binding decision after the SANZAR Executive Committee was unable to reach unanimity on whether Melbourne or the Southern Kings should be awarded the 15th team licence.

Kirk MBE is the former Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media, president of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association and was the Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks’ captain in 1987.

Retired New Zealand High Court Judge Paterson CNZM, OBE, QC, is the chairperson of the New Zealand Sports Tribunal and a Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and is also a former New Zealand Cricket Board Member.

The Panel will review SANZAR documentation and the detailed applications received from ARU, supporting Melbourne, and SA Rugby, supporting the Southern Kings. The Panel may also request further information by way of clarification and/or validation from the applicant SANZAR Member Unions if necessary.

SANZAR expects that a decision will be announced within two weeks.

Members of the Expert Determination Panel will not be available for interview or comment.  SANZAR unions will only comment on the matter once the process is complete.


  • kw - 2009-10-28 08:08

    Well with the New Zealanders as the "independent panel", there is no way the 15th super franchise will be the southern kings

  • clinton - 2009-10-28 08:15

    What are we holding our breaths for. We all know that the "indipendant" comitee will ultimatly side with the Aussie team because that is how it always have been. They will not look at the merit of the situation or decide if it is financially viable to award the team to one or the other. It would just be another case of the Islanders sticking together. Honestly this entire thing is a farce just like the NZ & Aussie citing comissions. SA will always draw the shortest straw.

  • Dude - 2009-10-28 08:19

    "SANZAR expects that a decision will be announced within two weeks" - Other teams have started pre season preperations already and here they will only know in November if they are part of a competition that will start in February? Doesnt leave the new guys who ever it will be (doesnt really matter as both will be bottom of the logg teams) with much set up and prep time.

  • mikeh - 2009-10-28 08:32

    The Southern Kings couldn't even win the B section of the Currie Cup. It could be embarrasing if they get the nod.

  • What a joke! - 2009-10-28 08:38

    What a joke. A struggling second league S.A. team playing from AUS as home base. Are we all loosing the plot totally? The correct decision can ONLY be Melbourne!!!!. Sorry pappa Puke - look for another gravy train, this one is full. How about worming yourself into Bath. At least SA will be rid of you.

  • HF - 2009-10-28 09:16

    It should have been a pacific islands sideor Argentina side anyway neither Melbourne or Southern Kings will have any impact whatsoever on the tournament.

  • MJV - 2009-10-28 09:33

    Go Melbourne! You deserve it more than PE.

  • Baardman - 2009-10-28 09:46

    @ Dude: The 15th team will be include only from 2011 onwards and NOT from 2010....

  • JapieDownUnder - 2009-10-28 09:51

    Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi Melbourne all the way! Then we can recruit more Saffers to come and play in Oz!

  • Deon Steyn - 2009-10-28 10:08

    Its all about playing at home. With 6 sides in South Africa our boys wont travel nearly as much as when Melbourne gets it. Plus the more we play in SA the bigger the chance that we win the Super 15

  • Lardus - 2009-10-28 10:14

    Give it to the Aussies! We already have enough bottom feeders here in SA, let the Kings swap out with one of them every two years or so. We clearly struggle with 5 teams to have 2 be competitive, now they want to dominate the bottom 3 with the Kings! What a joke.

  • Marius - 2009-10-28 10:38

    @What a Joke.If you want to comment on here, first get your facts straight. If the Kings are chosen, they will not be based in Aus but in P.E. They will only play in the Aus conference on a home and away basis for the first round of the competition, which means they will only have one less home game than the other SA teams

  • Fi5 - 2009-10-28 11:17

    I'm gona stick to a Japanese franchise,but it seems that wasn't even considered? It's impossible for the Kings to be competitive considering they'll be included in the Aus group,meaning 4 of their 8 games they'll have to play on Aus and the Aus teams only have to play one game in SA each. I think even the best of SA teams will struggle to compete in that group and a new team with limited resources will just end up being the punching bags of he group.

  • Saffer - 2009-10-28 11:24

    I think SA's going to suffer in the Super 15,regardless of who the 15th team is. I'm not sure how exactly the it' will work,the top 2 teams from each group go into a group?If that's the case,2 thirds of the games will be in Aus and NZ,meaning the 2 South African teams have to spend a lot more time a lot further from home

  • Anon - 2009-10-28 11:29

    This is great news! Two Kiwis to decide - it has to go to the Aussies! I can't stomach another loser side in the Super series, we have too many already. And to top it off, imagine having to have Cheeky Watson in the Super rugby limelight. This is something South Africa DOESN'T need. Interestingly most of the comments on all these articles show that the majority of SA is not in favour of another SA team in the Super series. Go Aus!!

  • ShaunR - 2009-10-28 11:30

    Please do not reference the Southern Kings to any current 1st division teams at the moment. It will be a new team with new players. I know that Melbourne have already scouted a couple of really promising SA players to join up with them if the are awarded the license. So I really hope that the Kings get it. Just for interest sake of the 11 players I know they have been in contact with 7 are players of colour....

  • Blue Jake - 2009-10-28 12:26

    Let the Bulls and Sharks take their rightfull places in the draw and let the rest of S.A. (Stormers, Lions, Cheetahs) make a combined team. They might even finish second last on the log.

  • The Voice of Reason - 2009-10-28 12:39

    If there is any fairness in the process, the Southern Kings will be added. PE has the better market, and that is what counts in pro sport. MElbourne is saturated with AFL. Also, thank you Marius, at least some people understand the format. Go Southern Kings!

  • Huey - 2009-10-28 20:20

    lets hope its the Aussies, cheeky and his meery gang can leg it and hopefully never come back

  • Tommygun - 2009-10-29 03:10

    It is not about being competitive, it is about an agenda.Watson and his cronies dont care what the Kings will achieve, but what they will receive. All they will do is bring a Bafana Bafana mentality to a world class rugby competition. With so many top schools and clubs in the EP anyone with half a brain could make that province competitive. What has this idiot achieved?

  • Wayne - 2009-10-29 08:45

    I don't know how many times we South Africans have to learn the lesson that the Aussies and Kiwis stick together at the expense of justice or fair play in all situations. In this case Melbourne will get the nod and that is perhaps the correct choice, given the ridiculous plan to add a 15th team. Blue Jake you have already forgotten that your team was outplayed by Province ten days ago and as such probably does not deserve to be in the final. So a little bit more humility would go a long way.

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