SANZAAR

  • More SA Teams Look North

    Despite SANZAAR quashing rumours South African teams will be quitting Super Rugby to play in an expanded PRO14, Lions president Kevin de Klerk has confirmed they are looking at options on the table. In an interview with the South African Daily Telegraph, de Klerk said there is a real chance South African teams could leave Super Rugby when the current SANZAAR broadcasting deal ends in 2020. "There is nothing concrete at the moment. When this broadcasting deal comes to an end, there's going to nee...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    Super Rugby will revert to a 15-team format from next season, with three current sides set to be cut: two from South Africa and one from Australia. Governing body SANZAAR has confirmed that it is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is expected that the two South African franchises with the least support and poorest results, the Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consul...

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  • Super Rugby And Unions Under Pressure To Change

    The axe is hovering over three Super Rugby franchises in the southern hemisphere as SANZAAR officials restructure the league for 2018. It is widely thought the eighteen-team competition will be reduced to fifteen in 2018 with South Africa losing two sides (probably Southern Kings, Cheetahs or Lions) and Australia losing one (from Rebels, Force or Brumbies). While a decision isn’t expected until next week at the earliest, protests in Australia have already started in an attempt to keep all five...

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  • July Is The New June And Tier 2 Gets 39% More Exposure In New World Rugby Calendar

    ... hemisphere) window will be replaced by a new July window. The November window will kick-off one week earlier, as will the World Cup. Emerging rugby countries will be integrated into the July and November windows, providing annual opportunities against the SANZAAR and Six Nations unions across July and November. The new schedule aims to accelerate the competitiveness of international rugby for the Pacific Islands, USA, Canada, Japan and the European nations, including Georgia and Romania. A reco...

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  • Cheetahs Invited To Join PRO12?

    The South African Super rugby union outfit, Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein have denied a BBC report last week that they have been officially invited to join the Pro12 next year although they have not denied discussions with the league. With SANZAAR cutting Super Rugby from 18 teams to 15 in 2018, the Cheetahs and the Kings have emerged as the favourites to lose their status. According to a report published on the BBC website last week, the Cheetahs have already been invited to take part in the...

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  • Rugby Championship Comes To Twickenham

    ... ago that plans were being put in place. The date of the game is just under a year after the pair met at the same venue in the Rugby World Cup semi-final and should provide an opportunity for them to cash in on their success at the tournament last year. SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said: “While we witness the daring and exciting brand of rugby played by southern hemisphere teams on a regular basis, last year’s Rugby World Cup well and truly showcased that skill and flair to the rest...

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  • A Glimpse Of The Future: SANZAR Championship Games In London And An East-Coast US Pro12 Franchise

    The SANZAR Rugby Championship is already considering further games in Europe even before their inaugural northern hemisphere game in October and the Pro12 is considering expanding to the USA. The SANZAAR tournament comes to London for the first time when champions Australia take on Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on October 8, the final game of the series that also includes New Zealand and South Africa. London is seen as a key market for international sporting showpieces with regular season NFL...

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  • ARU Cuts The Force, Pulver Resigns

    ... has today made the decision to discontinue the Western Force as the Super Rugby competition reverts to fifteen teams for the 2018 season. “This has been a complex process to reduce Australia’s Super Rugby representation to four teams as agreed by SANZAAR following its review of the competition. “We are regretful that this issue has consumed so much of the public commentary on the game in 2017. It was clearly not our intention for this to play out over such a lengthy period however there h...

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  • When Is Fan Ownership A Good Idea?

    ... at first, then some local celebrities and Force players put their money in and over 4,700 of the certificates have been sold – making the process viable. The new, fan-owned company will not come into existence until a review of the structure of the SANZAAR competition from 2018 onward is announced in late February. Nor will we know what percentage of the new company each $1k certificate will represent quite yet. I’d assume that Aus $4.7m wouldn’t be enough to purchase the club outright, b...

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