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Saru clarifies S15 confusion


The SA Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday clarified the position on South African teams participating in the Super Rugby competition.


SARU said its executive council (EXCO) proposed at a special general meeting in January that the top four teams in the South African conference in this year’s Super Rugby competition would join the Southern Kings in next year’s competition.

The hotly debated issue should be settled at the next general meeting on July 13 in Cape Town.

The decision to include the Southern Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby tournament was made at the same meeting.

SARU revealed on Thursday that it had also been proposed that the last-placed team in the South African conference would play a promotion/relegation match against the non-Super Rugby franchise after the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The franchises, however, requested at the same meeting that a decision on the mechanism of qualification be postponed to allow them time to make alternative proposals.

According to a briefing document on South African participation in the 2013 Super Rugby competition, SARU said the general meeting accepted the request.

SARU chief executive Jurie Roux, according to the document asked for it to be recorded that the delay in a decision was at the franchises’ request, therefore precluding them (SARU) from criticism of delays in any decisions.

At a meeting between the EXCO and franchise representatives it was decided that a delegation of franchise representatives would accompany SARU’s SANZAR (Australia and New Zealand) delegates to meet SANZAR partners.

They intended to argue for the expansion of the competition to 16 teams to accommodate all six of South Africa’s current franchises.

The meeting has since been postponed without a date being scheduled.

“Rugby has been consistently united in supporting the Kings’ place in Super Rugby in 2013,” said Roux.

“Our focus has been on finding a rugby answer to the questions that flow from that that’s fair, transparent in its mechanism and will strengthen South African rugby in the long run. Those discussions continue.

“Until a final decision is reached, the franchises and the SARU presidency are agreed that it would be unhelpful to the competing teams to publicly debate the pros and cons of different scenarios.

“When a decision is announced we will be able to report back to rugby supporters in full.”

SARU said franchise representatives and members of the EXCO would meet in Johannesburg on May 17 for further discussions.

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  1. More hot air… 2013 is going to be spent in the courts unless there is a massive pay-off to the Lions… either way the same result for SARU…

    Remind me again what qualifies the Kings for promotion when looking at the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup ladders? :Dawie:

  2. In other words there is no clarification.

    SARU has made a suggestion and the franchises have made theirs clear and the two have not agreed on anything…

  3. Yeah, nothing new in this supposed insight by SARU. It just says they have made a proposal.

    But why only promotion relegation game after 2013? Why not this year? To give the Kings time to empty the Lions players? Fools think that is fair? The Kings says they are ready, then let them try beat the lions now.

    Bryce, this is SA, only qualification you need is the right politics.

  4. “Rugby has been consistently united in supporting the Kings’ place in Super Rugby in 2013,” said Roux. :Dawie:

    Who or what is “rugby”? Surely not rugby supporters, not the players, not the major unions? These jokers don’t seem to know what they are doing most of the time but how are we supposed to guess what’s going on when we can’t make sense of what they are even trying to say? What a mess :shitfan:

  5. If Rugby = SARU , yes they have been bending backwards for the politically correct Kings. They sure as hell haven’t been supporting their existing franchise, the Lions who I have tipped to take tonight’s game in Auckland against the equally under the cosh Blues. Maybe a draw would be best outcome?

  6. Reply to Aldo @ 8:30 am:

    Yep… I have the distinct feeling if the spiv Gumede Group sale had gone through with some transformation promises… it would have been the only thing that would have saved the Lions…

  7. Reply to Boertjie @ 2:34 pm: Boertjie, gaan gee jou menings. Dis tyd dat ons na ander opsies kyk en Europa opsies oorweeg. Begin ten minste prosesse om na alles te kyk en met mense en organisasies te praat. Babba treë is beter as niks. Vele goed wat nou normaal is was eers mal idees … en die ouens metd ei mal idees is skatryk (as ek na my bedryf kyk).