South African

  • Pumas And Griquas To Join Anglo-Welsh Cup?

    South African Rugby are preparing for further participation in international club competitions after announcing last week that the Mpumalanga and Griqualand West rugby unions had been identified as the preferred candidates to assume places should inter-continental opportunities arise. South African rugby already fields teams in the Southern hemisphere Super Rugby competition and the European-centred PRO14 and there have been reports previously that two South African teams could join the Anglo-We...

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  • Mark Alexander New SARU President

    The South African Rugby Union (Saru) have announced Mark Alexander as their new president. Alexander will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Oregon Hoskins in August. Alexander, who served as a deputy president in 2007, will serve as president until the next elections in 2018. He says he is honoured to be elected and is looking forward to bringing positive change into South African rugby: "I’m actually quite privileged and honoured to be bestowed as the president of rugby. I think...

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  • SARU & MyPlayers Agree R90m Per Year To Keep More Players At Home

    The South African Rugby Union has approved a new funding model for professional rugby players designed to encourage more players to see out their careers in South Africa. The increase in funding - from R25m (£1.1m) to R90m (£3.96m) per annum (in addition to Springbok contracts and match fees) was approved by the General Council last week as part of the 2016 SARU budget. The new arrangement secures the collective image rights of all South African professional rugby players for use by their empl...

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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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  • Durban Games Withdrawal May Cast A Shadow on RWC2023 Bid

    ... 1930. Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed interest in staging the 2022 edition. Last month, South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated Durban may not be able to host the 2022 event because of financial constraints. Grevemberg said the South African government had never signed off on the decision for Durban to host the Games. "We have a host city contract," he said. "It was signed by all parties on the day except for the South African government. "We have engaged with the govern...

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  • Ground-Breaking Changes At SA Rugby

    The South African Rugby Union has taken a number of ground-breaking decisions that aim to have far-reaching effects. The general council accepted a raft of constitutional changes that were designed to better reflect the needs of successful rugby in the country streamlining decision making processes and making way for more private investment. Key changes approved were: • Permitting 74% shareholdings in commercial arms of rugby unions by private equity partners. • Increasing the make-up of the...

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  • Marinos Back As SANZAR Chief

    Sanzar has announced former chief executive Andy Marinos will return to the role at the start of next year to replace Kiwi Greg Peters. The South African, who previously served as SANZAR chief between 2008-10, will rejoin the organisation on January 1 from the South African Rugby Union where he was running commercial and marketing operations for the past five years. Marinos' first major task is to oversee the expansion of Super Rugby, with teams from Japan and Argentina, which Peters has joined,...

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  • SA 2023 RWC Bid Scuppered From Within

    ... a statement Mr Mbalula said the ban was enforced after they failed to create enough opportunities for black players. "I have resolved to revoke the privilege of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby (SARU) to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments in the Republic of South Africa, as a consequence of the aforementioned federations not meeting their own set transformation targets, with immediate effect. I wi...

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  • Fourth Autumn Test Costs WRU £750k

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) paid the South African Rugby Union (SARU) a reported sum of approximately £750,000 for the privilege of playing them at the Millenium Stadium in the final round of autumn international fixtures last weekend. SA Rugby Mag claims that, due to the fixture falling outside the World Rugby international window, the SARU were entitled to a payment that amounted to around R13m, equivalent to approximately £750,000. The fee is similar to the one believed to have been paid to...

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  • Roux And Erasmus Join PRO14 Board

    ... Bloemfontein last week following a series of productive meetings with local stakeholders. “To have the CEO and the director of rugby of another Tier 1 nation join the board is another important step forward for the PRO14 Rugby and for the relationship with South African rugby,” said Anayi. “We have made great strides this season in expanding into a new territory in keeping with the DNA of the championship as a pioneering cross-border competition and these appointments only serve to re-inf...

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