Cape Town -The Pumas and Griquas have lauded SA Rugby's decision to identify them as the preferred candidates to
assume places in inter-continental competitions.
The two unions were selected from a list of four bidders in
a process assessed and determined by independent consultants.
The unsuccessful bidders were combinations of the Leopards,
Valke and Griffons Rugby Unions and of the Boland, Border and SWD unions.
SA Rugby did not state which international competitions the
two would enter, but earlier reports indicated that it could be in the Anglo-Welsh
The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a knock-out competition featuring the
12 English Premiership clubs and the four Welsh regions.
Pumas president Hein Mentz told Netwerk24 that international
provincial tournaments are important for the development of rugby in South
“It now gives us that platform. It’s not the end of our
aspirations, but a very big milestone in the province’s history. It’s the
realisation of a goal we’ve worked very hard at. We accept it with great
humility and we believe we’ll meet the expectations to represent South Africa.”
Griquas president Jannie Louw said their new status as a
franchise will create more opportunities for rugby players in South Africa.
He also hinted at the possibility of entering a tournament
“We should know by the end of January in which competitions
we’ll play. It could be in a competition in America or Europe, or both.”
It is expected that the two new SA franchises will start competing
in the competitions by November next year.
appearance of the Pumas and Griquas in any new competitions would also be
dependent on their agreement to licensing terms and conditions, SA Rugby CEO
Jurie Roux stressed.
is an important first step to further expanding the international reach of
South African rugby and gives us time to have them properly prepared should
future opportunities become available,” Roux said via a press statement on
are discussions taking place but we are some way from confirming any new
opportunities. That process is likely to continue well into 2018 before we have
outcome of the assessment was announced to the SA Rugby General Meeting in Cape
Town on Friday.