Aussie-poging om SA te systap kry teenspoed

April 7, 2014
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‘n Poging deur Australië om ‘n wegbreek Transtasmaniese kompetisie met minimum deelname deur Suid-Afrika te hou is deur die Nieu-Seelandse swaargewigte afgeskiet.

Fairfax NZ News

‘n Besluit oor die toekomstige formaat van Superrugby moet op 30 Junie geneem word en die Australiese spelersvereniging se voorstel is ‘n Transtasmaniese kompetisie vir tien spanne waarin Suid-Afrikaanse spanne eers in die eindronde sal figureer.

Greg Harris, die spelersbaas, het gesê navorsing toon duidelik dat die voorgestelde 18-span-kompetisie nie tot Australië se voordeel sal wees nie.

Sanzar het reeds sy voorkeur vir ‘n sesde Suid-Afrikaanse span, ‘n span van Argentinië en een uit Asië, Europa of Amerika in ‘n kompetisie vir 18 spanne getoon.

Harris se teenargument is dat ‘n vyfjaarooreenkoms vir 18 spanne Australië bankrot sal maak. Australiese kykerstalle – lewendig en op TV – is besig om te daal, waarskynlik weens die groot tydsverskil wanneer SA spanne betrokke is.

Australië is desperaat om voordeel te trek uit ‘n lewendige uitsaaimark wat oor die Tasman ontstaan het met kontrakte van die AFL ($A250 m) en de NRL ($A 200 m) wat Aussie-rugby se $A25 m verdwerg.

Nieu-Seeland se twee magtigste rugbymense – Steve Tew (hoofbeampte) en Rob Nicol (spelersbaas) het reeds uitdruklik te kenne gegee dat hulle nie die Aussies se rebellevoorstel steun nie.

“Ons sal baie senuagtig wees as ons nie teen Suid-Afrikaanse spanne speel nie,” het Nichol gesê. Hy voel wel onseker of die insluiting van ‘n Argentynse span die regte ding vir dié land sal wees.

“Elkeen met wie ons in afrigting en hoëprestasie gesels, is dit eens dat jong manne eers teen Suid-Afrika moet speel voordat hulle vir toetse gekies word.”

Met die sperdatum nie ver in die toekoms nie lyk dit of die 18-span formaat die paal sal haal. Dit beteken ‘n kompetisie oor 15 weke waarin Suid-Afrikaanse spanne se reise aansienlik ingekort sal word.

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9 Comments

  1. avatar Morné says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Interessant. Verwag niks minder van die Aussies nie maar hoe NZ oor SA voel en ons deelname is baie interessant.

  2. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Ozzie reasoning is sound. Rugby union is a much bigger sport yet get a smaller TV cut in Oz because people cannot sell advertising at 3 in the morning.

    But if the new Ozzie comp is strong, then simply play the CC, NPC and Ozzie comp at start of year with the best teams playing each other in a super comp?

  3. avatar DavidS says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    @Morné:

    Pretty simple really

    Aus which contributes exactly f***kol to SANZAR financially vs SA which contributes over 70%

    Was an easy decision for the Kiwis to make.

  4. avatar Morné says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    @DavidS:

    What is interesting is the fact that NZ’s game (viewership etc) is not that far off from the Aussies – but while the Aussies are looking for a break-away, NZ believes they need SA not just commercially, but their HP guys believing it is the platform to see if they can succeed at test level.

  5. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    @Morné:

    So too Oz for sure. We all need each other – but I can understand Oz’s financial reasoning. The numbers dont lie.

  6. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I dont think South Africa should feel too flattered by the Kiwis. Financially they need us a lot more than we need them.

  7. avatar Morné says:
    April 9th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Oz’ problem is no domestic comp which generates money or sponsorship interests.

    We have:

    * Craven Weeks
    * Easter Festivals
    * Varsity Cup
    * Community Cup
    * Vodacom Cup
    * Currie Cup

    All of it televised (for the most part), all of it with main sponsors and affiliated sponsors.

    Oz has Super Rugby…

  8. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 9th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    @Morné:

    Makes sense. They need to grow their domestic product and not rely so much on the top tier comp to earn their rugby dosh.

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 11th, 2014 at 3:20 am

    If you read the original article you’d have seen this is/was a ‘players rep’ alternative… nothing to do with the ARU… pie in the sky stuff so they have less travel/game time first before the financial side…

    But yes the potential fiscal markets in Aus are HUGE compared to NZ (who have reached their peak and on the decline) and RSA.

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Quite the contrary… they earn 80% of their dosh from test rugby… Super 15 is piddley in comparison… hence they want to increase their market share of their ‘top tier comp’.

    @Morné:

    Australia have the equivalent of Craven Week… their club rugby scene is better quality that Varsity Cup/Vodacom Cup and older in tradition… they have the Pacific Cup now for second/third tier players on top of that… their domestic comp the equivalent of CC starts this year… their ‘B’ test team plays games each year…

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