Aussies want longer S15 break

2012-07-27 09:01

Sydney - Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says Australia needs a five-week mid-season break in next year's Super 15 schedule to prepare players for the test series against the British and Irish Lions, warning that anything shorter will be "a recipe for disaster."

Australia Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill said his organisation had already begun negotiations with its New Zealand and South African counterparts in the hope of expanding the mid-season break from three weeks to five to accommodate the Lions series.

Deans said "anything short of that is negligence."

The Super 15 was halted for three weeks this season, for the first time in its history, to allow Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to play June Test matches.

Australia was forced to cram in a Test against Scotland on a Tuesday so as to fit a three-test series against Wales into the three available weekends.

Scotland beat Australia 9-6 - its first win in Australia in 30 years - and Deans said the Wallabies could not afford to reproduce such a packed program against the Lions.

"That would obviously be a recipe for disater," Deans said.

The Lions series "is an important moment in every rugby player's life, once in every 12 years they get this opportunity. We need to do the right thing by the playing group and ensure that they get the preparation that's required to win.

"Anything short of that is negligence."

The Lions will play nine matches in Australia in June and July next year, including matches against all five Australian Super 15 teams.

O'Neill said he expects the southern hemisphere rugby group SANZAR to decide within two weeks how long next season's test break will be. He said it was possible Australian teams might return to the Super 15 tournament later than their New Zealand and South African rivals.

"The window here in Australia needs to be wider that it necessarily will be for South Africa and New Zealand because we have the Lions arriving early June and they are here till early July," O'Neill said.

"We need not a three-week window, we need a five-week window."


  • seanb09 - 2012-07-27 09:05

    Typical, the Aussies always complaining

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 18:33

      typical you always being a d00s

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-27 20:45

      First they wanted more Super rugby by implementing the new system, now they want a longer break!! Are these guys ever satisfied?? The Lions are playing their S15 teams, thats a super tour right there!! All we ever see now is touring teams playing agains't the pickup nobodys!! Deans be thankfull and don't complain!!!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-27 09:11

    Why stop at 5 weeks why not take the entire season australia are a joke then we could play only sa and nz teams that would be great

  • hansieenelmien.myburgh - 2012-07-27 09:16

    Ok. We will give you the 5 week break. Just drop 1 of your teams for the Kings. Problem solved in SA and Australia. NZ will have no problem, because their teams will get 5 log points either way.

  • brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-27 09:18

    Sharks by 10.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 18:34

      MEMO'd!!! in your face stormers!!

  • shuabe.slamdien.7 - 2012-07-27 09:33

    They have been taking a break the whole of superugby....get lost

  • shuabe.slamdien.7 - 2012-07-27 09:51

    There's a superugby semi-final taking place screw the aussies

      Sarah - 2012-07-27 10:55

      Ya 2 SA teams and 2 NZ teams...that's why they complaining

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-07-27 10:40

    Change it to the super9 with three teams of each country, so first half of the year is domestic competitions and the three top teams from each domestic competition plays super9, lots of times for breaks that way.

  • blousteblou.meyer - 2012-07-27 11:30

    O'Neill didn't want to listen to SA when we asked for a 16th team to be allowed into the Superrugby series, this while the whole format is already only suiting the Ausies, but now we must accommodate him?

  • philani.sidinile - 2012-07-27 11:55

    When SA hosted the British and Irish Lions we didn't require no extended break. It really goes to show how much Australian Rugby is getting weaker each year. Hence this proves why there is no Australian team in the Semi finals of Super rugby this year.

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 12:24

    Is jy gek??? Maak eerder die seisoen korter, maak dit ney n super 9. Net 3 spanne per land. Laaste twee van die seisoen is uit!!!

  • dbnsfynest - 2012-07-27 18:31

    Julius Malema voice: \there's no such thing in my culture\ lol

  • leigh.mapu - 2012-07-28 01:46

    Why don't they arrange it so that the Lions tour coincides with the S15 finals series, seeing as they probably wont have a team competeing anyways?

  • gerrit.volschenk - 2012-07-28 19:17

    Why we never got a 5 week break when we played the Lions.And the screwed us on an extra S15 side. Let them suffer.

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