SARU delays 'S16' presentation

2012-03-14 18:58

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has written to its SANZAR partners, Australia and New Zealand, requesting a re-scheduling of a planned presentation on an expansion of Super Rugby to 16 teams in 2013.

The request was made on Wednesday following a meeting of the franchise representatives with SARU’s SANZAR delegates, Mark Alexander (deputy president) and Jurie Roux (CEO).

The request was made to allow time to prepare additional options. Four representatives of the six franchises were due to travel to Australasia this weekend.

Alexander and Roux will continue with their scheduled SANZAR meetings as well as discuss with Australia and New Zealand the principles of expansion in advance of the formal presentation.

“This is an important issue for South African rugby and we need to ensure that we have covered all bases,” said Roux.

“We have two options for our partners to consider but are completing work on a further two. If that takes a week or two more then we’re happy to take that time.”

Roux said that no new date had been set but that an announcement would be made in due course.


  • Thomas - 2012-03-14 20:12

    Need more time!!!!! How many years has this been going on???? If you can't find an excuse for the Kings to be included by now, it's because there isn't one!!!!!!!!!! SARU this is doing more harm to our rugby than any good!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-14 21:31

    The current format isn't great with the regional conferences. 2 Pools based on log positions from the previous year Top 4 from each pool go into a qtrs Super 16 reduced to Super 8 and we watch the best teams at the business of the tournament for the title.

      Dezhark - 2012-03-14 23:20

      Love the suggestion. Make it a competition where good teams play. For instance, include 3 goood teams from SA, Oz, NZ and Arg then have a proper Super 12. The other teams could face off each other and will later play relegation matches. 2 simultaneous competitions.

  • Jack - 2012-03-14 21:33

    Easy fix - combine the Currie Cup with the SA conference Cup - top 5 or 4 go through. Same can be done in NZ with the ITM Cup. Aussie will have to stick with the Super Rugby local conference. However, this won't happen because the unions are far too greedy. Time for us fans to make a stand and boycott a tournament...

  • Dezhark - 2012-03-14 23:17

    SARugby made a promise they could not fulfill, now they want to enforce this promise so that the Kings can play. Firstly, the standard of the Kings' rugby is nowhere near the level of requirement, allowing the Kings to play would open the biggest can of embarassment when they get thrashed in the tournament. Biiiig mistake SARugby!!! I would not mind if the big unions pull out and start a league with Argentina, Samoa, Japan, Tonga or even going north to participate. SARugby is politically driven and that cannot mix with sport. Now that is South Africa for you, that is our government!!!

  • Darryl - 2012-03-14 23:24

    A hopeless cause...

  • Hendrik Reyneke - 2012-03-15 02:01

    How stupid is Jurie Roux and the rest of SARU? SANZAR said there is NO WAY for expansion because of the broadcasting rights! Stop wasting time and the freaking money you are using to fly back and forth.

  • Louis - 2012-03-15 08:53

    More time om julle en die hele Suid Afrika se naam g%t te maak ja.

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