Former All Black captain Taine Randell is against the idea of South Africa getting six Super Rugby teams.
A scheduled meeting of SANZAR’s Executive Committee took place in Sydney last Thursday where the future of Super Rugby was among the agenda items. SANZAR CEO Greg Peters confirmed that the preferred model likely to be adopted involves six teams from South Africa and a new team from Argentina.
However, Randell believes South Africa lacks the depth to warrant a sixth team in Super Rugby.
In his regular column on the stuff.co.nz website, Randell wrote:
“First of all, the South Africans. Having taken the wooden spoon in 13 of the 18 years Super Rugby has existed, South Africa has no right to another team. “Already their talent depth has proved to be too shallow with five teams. Adding another will only stretch that further. “And let’s not forget that the Springboks continue to rely heavily on selecting players who ply their trade offshore, collecting big money contracts in Britain, France and Japan.
“We will expect the Southern Kings to return to the mix in 2016. They finished last in their one-off season last year only to be replaced by the Lions who have had a long history of struggles. Nothing will change there,” wrote Randell.
Randell does support the idea of getting Argentina involved but says they should have two franchises in an 18-team competition.
“Rather than 17 teams, I believe a Super 18 might be a better way to go and if we are going to hold out a helping hand to Argentina, then perhaps we should have offered them two teams.”