Raise your hand if you’re embarrassed!

February 23, 2012
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Hands up from those who feel utterly embarrassed by SA Rugby’s latest move to convince SANZAR to include a 16th team in the SupeRugby competition in 2013…

If you have raised your hand believe me that after typing this column my hand will be raised with yours with my other hand trying to cover my face in shame following SA Rugby’s latest stunt to include a bunch of Franchise representatives to try and convince their SANZAR partners (Australia and New Zealand) to include a 16th team into the competition from next year.

SA Rugby said in a statement on Thursday that a South African delegation which will include Brand de Villiers (Bulls), Kevin de Klerk (Lions), Cheeky Watson (Southern Kings) and Brian van Zyl (Sharks) will along with SARU president Mr Oregan Hoskins, deputy president Mark Alexander and SARU CEO Jurie Roux, leave for Australia on March 17 to go an plead with their SANZAR partners to include a 16th team in the competition from next year.

I don’t think it’s relevant for me to mention how we (and by ‘we’ I mean SA Rugby which includes you and me the supporters) got to this point, but I do think it is about high time we (as supporters) sit back and realize how utterly embarrassing this is and how we must be viewed by our contemporaries and fellow rugby supporters (and media) in Australia and New Zealand if not the world.

Expect our friends ‘Down-Under’ to be very ‘politically correct’ when reporting on this latest development but have no doubt that they sit in their pubs or around their ‘BBQ’s’ shaking their heads in disbelief of just how desperate (or rather ‘stupid’) the ‘Japies’ from the Republic are believing that their inability to sort their own personal and domestic mess out is suddenly their problem?

Let me be bold enough to leave you in no doubt of why we find ourselves in this situation.

SA Rugby is planning to go over to Australia and plead with their SANZAR partners to help them sort a problem out we have been sitting with in South Africa since 2005!  They are ‘positive’ they can convince their partners to renege on a promise or contract they made to the broadcasting ‘gods’ (folks with money) in only its second year of existence (it runs until the end of 2014).

A promise or agreement just about every South African rugby supporter thought was stupid to start with (this new Super 15 conference system) where South Africa clearly carries the commercial (broadcasting) muscle but for some reason agreed the Newscorp pie will be shared equally among all three members.

But forget the deal even if you will, the Kings situation in itself is quite simply absurd!

How could South African rugby under the same leadership since 2005 not have resolved this issue of the Kings (previously Spears) in 6 years?  How is it possible that after 6 years we now find ourselves in a situation where we have to go to Australians and New Zealanders and plead and beg for them to help us to sort out a local problem we are obviously incapable of sorting out ourselves?  Is this the level a once proud rugby nation has lowered itself to?  Have we become incapable of sorting out our own affairs that we have to beg other nations to accommodate us in our domestic rugby affairs?

Make no mistake fellow supporters – this delegation on its way to Australia on March 17 represents you and me – their actions define us and what we have become as a rugby nation and quite frankly I am utterly and completely embarrassed to call myself a South African rugby supporter because of it.

This brings me to my final point on this matter where we are all very quick to vent our disgust and anger at the National Government of this country for always interfering in sport and how we are all sick of politics in sport.

Ladies and gents, from where I sit the ‘politics’ and bullshit we see in sport and rugby specifically in South Africa starts with those who run the game, not those in government.

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23 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Ladies and gents, from where I sit the ‘politics’ and bullshit we see in sport and rugby specifically in South Africa starts with those who run the game, not those in government.

    :respek:

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    First we endured the embarassment
    of a moustachioed helium-voiced coach
    for 4 years.
    Now this.
    Sanzar will accept the delegation
    as a sign of courtesy.
    They will also tell the delegation
    to f*ck off in diplomatic language.

  3. avatar Timeo says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    When it comes to actions by others, one can be amused, entertained or indifferent, you may feel pity or contempt or anger but you should never feel pride or embarrassment.

    It is after all actions by others. Positive or negative, one should only measure self worth by your own actions.

  4. avatar IAAS says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    SARU have just taken incompetence to a new level.

    Firstly, the Cheetahs provided a better plan and won the 5th franchise against guess who, the Spears.

    And then secondly, the Kings – formerly the Spears – lost out to the Rebels in expanding Super Rugby to its current S15 format which commenced 2011 expiring 2015.

    Now SARU are trying the bulldozer approach which ain’t gonna work in the global scheme. Sadly, the sad sack saffas are going to come back with their tail between their legs.

    These guys just cannot take “no” for an answer.

    I cringed at the thought of them attempting this so-called last ditch effort.

    The least Cheeky can do is pick up the bar bills.

  5. avatar DavidS says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Reply to IAAS @ 10:37 pm:

    Cheeky and his merry band just can’t get over how the words “legacy of apartheid” and “transformation” does not turn white people in other countries into shamed jelly balls like in South Africa… I mean even the old tried and tested squeal of “Racist Racist!” doesn’t seem to work…

    Are they immune to their own guilt on apartheid’s causes? They should be dealt with like the Germans… a legacy of neverending multi generational guilt trip because a small number of maniacs secretly genocided entire ethnic groups… and extendable to all Europeans by default.

    Somehow this does not work when they try this with apartheid…

    Difficult when you do not have a whole liberal media army and the governing party on your team.

  6. avatar DavidS says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    *hand raised*

    No more needs to be added

    Go Lions!

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Yep could not agree more… it’s unfathomable SARU could f@ck up this bad!

    As for Watson… the BEE spiv… the less said the better!

  8. avatar Asteroth's Limping Lions says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Sigh….Hand Raised. Go Lions!!!

  9. avatar mawm says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This is the closest I can get to raising my hand…… : bigfinger: to SARU and :asshole: to Cheeky Watson.

  10. avatar DavidS says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    On the other hand if this fails SARU can rightfully raise their hands, shrug their shoulders and say “look we tried” … sorry guys… maybe next time…

    I mean I’d like to see Cheeky’s sense of entitlement (learned the wrong things from playing with black teams) get discussed with SANZAR CEO or better JON

  11. avatar Kat says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Raising my hand requires energy. Not wasting energy on SARU.

    More teams mean more games. More teams = more games. The slices of the Murdoch pie will also get smaller. This can also only work if the other two conferences get a team added else the larger conference leaders will collect more log points that determines home game allocations in the finals. Only way is for a Japanese and South American team to be added to take the total to 18. Murdoch won’t mind as long as SANZAR makes the existing pie allocation work.

    What next? Tonga, Fidji, etc also demanding participation because a Japanese team was included? The expansion will never end.

    I’ve always been keen on a Super 9. Top three teams from each nation as determined by local series (in our case the CC). This thing is only become super in size not in quality as it grows fatter and fatter.

  12. avatar Kat says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    SuperSizeRugby

  13. avatar out wide says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Expect our friends ‘Down-Under’ to be very ‘politically correct’ when reporting on this latest development but have no doubt that they sit in their pubs or around their ‘BBQ’s’ shaking their heads in disbelief of just how desperate (or rather ‘stupid’) the ‘Japies’ from the Republic are believing that their inability to sort their own personal and domestic mess out is suddenly their problem?

    Morne, you are dead right here. There is in fact very little discussion of the “15 th team nonsense”. It ain’t gonna happen before 2014 as Greg Peters SANZAR CEO said. Kiwi officials and supporters alike feel that how and why SA fits the Kings into the SA conference is a SA problem to be solved by SA. They cannot comprehend how the equivalent of one of their Heartland competition teams can leapfrog the National comp straight into Superugby. Surely these guys traveling Business Class to Sydney and back can comprehend this and save the money by staying at home.

  14. avatar Kat says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Gents, don’t expect logic as a core competency here. This is South Africa. Logic was thrown out with Apartheid.

  15. avatar Boertjie says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Reply to mawm @ 7:21 am:

    :D
    Good one!
    Very original!

  16. avatar Morné says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Loftus sold out for tonight’s game.

    Yet we go begging to NZ and Oz…

  17. avatar Boertjie says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I think it would have been close
    to sold-out for a CC game as well.

  18. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    4am… damn… going to have to record it and not log-on tomorrow until it’s over…

  19. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:21 pm:

    cricket starts at 4am for me… probably won’t get up for it though :?

  20. avatar Boertjie says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:21 pm:

    You should have been in bed already.
    :wink:
    I’ll be sitting at work, catching
    glances at a TV screen.
    Just as bad.

  21. avatar Aldo says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Fok lets try typing again. Okay so let us all rejoice, as this is the best thing that could have happened. Take him overseas, show him the rest of the world couldnt care less for his pety politics and sense of entitlement. Embarress him in front of sanzar, sadly embarress yourself by giving the fool the time of day. Let sanzar send him packing tail between the legs, seeing as how saru lacks the balls to do so.

    Then for good measure drop him off somewhere of the gold coast with a deflated liferaft, and a dildo for company. Do not send help, water, food or lube.

  22. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    :nutkick:

    You supposed enter into negotiation from a position of strength and not from a position of weakness.

    If the Kings do get in imagine how much more we are going to concede. Over the barrel again SARU.

  23. avatar Deon says:
    February 25th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Reply to Timeo @ 10:29 pm:

    Great ideal for Utopia, but lets face it that one we have fucked up and the bus is gone.

    I do differ from you. So if I teach my children to behave a way, I cannot be proud of them when they do? Or embarrassed if they don’t behave that way?

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