Town - There was a lot to digest on Friday as SA Rugby announced numerous
to its administrative structures as the Springboks look to once again
be a major force in the game.
is not what it is all about - the commercial survival of the sport is also
paramount - but at the end of the day a woeful 2016 for the national side set
alarm bells ringing as South African rugby reached a new low.
Rugby CEO Jurie Roux outlined changes that the General Council had signed off
on, and among the biggest is the formation of a franchise committee that will
seek to strengthen the state of the country’s six Super Rugby franchises and,
ultimately, the Boks.
second non-franchise, or semi-professional, sub-committee will cater for the
country’s non-Super Rugby playing unions, where club rugby and ensuring a
constant flow of quality professionals appears to be the primary mandate.
signifies the metaphorical death of SA Rugby’s General Council in its current
longer will all 14 unions have the final say in terms of the hiring and firing
of the national coach and SA Rugby CEO, and decisions that influence the
professional game in the country will now be taken by the franchise committee
and a new-look Executive Council.
appointment of the Bok coach will be solely conducted by the Executive Council,
which is to be made up of four independently appointed members as opposed to
the two previous independents.
other significant amendment sees potential private investment in unions
increased from 49.9% to 74% - an alteration that could be hugely significant
for cash-strapped unions like Western Province, Eastern Province and Boland.
major change, though, is the removal of the General Council in making major
says CEO Jurie Roux, the change that will have the quickest impact on the
national side is the formation of the franchise committee.
is nowhere near the system of centralisation employed in New Zealand rugby, but
it is a step in that direction.
six franchises will combine to discuss player contracts, the use of
international players and how the pool of professional players in South Africa
is best managed.
along with the blueprint, coaching indaba and how we operate at franchises will
help ensure that when the players actually reach the Springbok team they are
already aligned in what we want to do,” Roux said, adding that getting players
to peak when they are on Springbok duty was also a major responsibility of the
an ideal world we could have one franchise with five hookers and another with
two, and we could see a player move to another franchise.”
may still be a long way away, but SA Rugby President Mark Alexander hinted at
the possibility of drafting players.
think we’re moving beyond that time of when we must compete with each other,”
could be a drafting system ... we need to find mechanisms of collaborating more.
we want to beat the All Blacks, we need to collaborate as a rugby structure.
The All Blacks collaborate with their franchises all the time and even with the
haven’t had that for a long, long time. That started with the (coaching) indaba
and it will continue with the franchise committee.”
move is certainly aimed at equipping people - including the independents in the
Executive Council - to make decisions that are for the betterment of South African
rugby as a whole and not a particular union’s interests.
have increased the independent members to the Executive Council from two to
four to get a better balance in terms of rugby and captains of industry,” Roux
members will be identified based on the needs within the Executive Council and
where we need help, be that legal or commercial etc.
have reduced elected members of the Executive Council from seven to six.”
General Council will now be made up nine geopolitically determined members in
what is the other major change, while all 14 unions will still exist.
of the more important ones for us as well is that we are now completely aligned
in terms of our General Council to the geopolitical demarcation, so we now have
nine members,” said Roux.
to the Currie Cup qualifier competition and the Currie Cup itself are also
expected to be announced in due course.