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    Are South Africa about to leave Super Rugby?

    Report dismissing all the rumours which could still be true...
    SANZAAR rubbish report South Africa set to leave Super Rugby
    By Melissa Woods
    7 May 2018 9:56am
    Super Rugby bosses have branded a report that three more South African teams are set to withdraw from the competition to play in Europe as "simply wrong".

    The Durban-based Sharks have been named as the first to leave the current Super set-up to join the European PRO14 competition for 2019/20, according to a report in Wales Online.

    Ruan Botha of the Sharks is tackled during the Round 6 Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Sharks.
    Ruan Botha of the Sharks is tackled during the Round 6 Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Sharks.

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    The Cheetahs and Kings, who were cut from the down-sized Super Rugby last year, already play in the competition which includes teams form Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

    The report said that the Lions and Stormers would likely follow suit by at least the start of the 2020/21 season.


    But SANZAAR, organisers of Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship said the report was unfounded and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina remained committed to future participation.

    "SANZAAR - through its joint venture partners - Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa - is currently engaged in a detailed strategic planning process that will deliver a road-map for the organisation, Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship from 2018-2030," SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said in a statement on Monday.

    "As part of this process the partners have fully committed to the strategy and future participation.

    "Any talk of a change to the stakeholder relationship and partners withdrawing, and so-called trans-Tasman competitions is unsubstantiated speculation and simply wrong."

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    Despite the Lions making the Super Rugby final last year, South Africa's franchises are understood to feel they are handicapped due to the different time zones.


    South African rugby has also seen an exodus of top players who chase lucrative deals in Europe, with the move to the PRO14 considered a way of stopping that trend.

    The Cheetahs finished third in their conference this season to make the play- offs, and PRO14 organisers believe the inclusion of further South African sides would increase the standard of the competition.

    Last week a Fairfax report revealed that Super Rugby bosses were looking at expanding into the USA, which now appears to be a contingency plan should the South African franchises jump ship.

    Wales Online says the PRO14 income from television rights has risen from PS12million ($A22 million) to between PS20million and PS30million with a new deal for pay TV outfit Premier Sports to take over the broadcasting from next season.

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    Well I distinctly remember SANZAAR declaring that they were removing two South African sides frim Super Rugby to increase the strength of the remaining South Africa teams because the compeition was becoming too diluted... and we all know how that turned out with their secret relocations to the North!

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    The south Africans will backflip 50 times before the funding deal is finalised, depending who they talk to and how they feel negotiations are going for them, they'll be both in and out on the same da.

    Thankfully, I couldn't give a crap what they do, but I want super duper rugby to continue long enough for wsr to be established far from the corrupt, sticky fingers of one Mr Cameron Clyne esq

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    Well I distinctly remember SANZAAR declaring that they were removing two South African sides frim Super Rugby to increase the strength of the remaining South Africa teams because the compeition was becoming too diluted... and we all know how that turned out with their secret relocations to the North!
    Indeed. I also remember them adamantly stating that they had made no decision about moving teams either, yet look what was actually happening behind the scenes...

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    Is there any truth to the rumour that a leaked SANZAAR document details a new USA conference as part of Super Rugbys expansion plans?. What the fuck!
    A USA conference? Hasnt Major League Rugby only just been set up there, why the need for an additional level of Rugby?

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    Well they have all these multiple millions of dollars they save through not having the force, they can obviously afford to expand across the globe into the toughest sporting market in the world, increase the travel schedule and thin the player pool further. What could go wrong?

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    this is the usual RA / SANZAAR Fuc*kwittery action

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    Is there any truth to the rumour that a leaked SANZAAR document details a new USA conference as part of Super Rugbys expansion plans?. What the fuck!
    A USA conference? Hasnt Major League Rugby only just been set up there, why the need for an additional level of Rugby?
    They have been deluded about that for a while thinking that the Europeans will get their first. The Pro 14 stated recently that they aren't going near the states anytime soon. There were suggestions of a team in Austin, Texas and later on in New York, Philadelphia or Toronto being added, then Germany down the road however they laid their cards out when they said they had been discussions with SARU for over a year. That caught the Welsh and Irish press out despite their sources by surprise.

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