South African Super Rugby

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North?

    The fate of the two South African Super Rugby franchises earmarked to be ejected from next year’s competition, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will be confirmed tomorrow (Friday 7th July) by a meeting of the SA Rugby council. What may also become clearer is whether the two are likely to switch focus and compete in the PRO12 league about to start this September. Reports suggest that PRO12 administrators would welcome the addition of the teams on conditions including a minimum guaranteed paymen...

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  • Durban Games Withdrawal May Cast A Shadow on RWC2023 Bid

    The withdrawal of Durban, South Africa as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games presents the prospect of a UK city stepping in as a replacement for an event where Rugby sevens has become a contributing force. More significantly for Rugby perhaps, that financial constraints and lack of government backing were quoted as the main factors preventing the Durban organisers from progressing, casts a shadow on South Africa’s bid for RWC2023. David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealt...

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  • Super Sport To Broadcast PRO14

    South African broadcaster, SuperSport has joined the PRO14 roster of the broadcasting partners with a deal to cover a range of live matches in the re-designed tournament which now boasts participation by the Kings and Currie Cup champions the Cheetahs. "This is an exciting property that offers an entirely new flavour," said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport last week. "There's a particular intrigue in northern hemisphere Rugby and to be part of this pioneering change presents an array of possibi...

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