SANZAAR is set to drop three teams for next years Super Rugby competition which, if rumors are to be believed, will be the Southern Kings, Toyota Cheetahs and Rebels.
SANZAAR have been struggling since creating the complicated conference system last year which saw TV-ratings and stadium attendance drop. The expansion was done two years ago to accommodate the Southern Kings, Sunwolves and Jaguares in the competition.
The changes of kicking out the Sunwolves or the Jaguares is slim and it looks like that South Africa will have to drop two teams and Australia one.
Under the current contract the Cheetahs will be offered a two-year payout from SANZAAR if they are being axed from the competition the Sunday Times reported this weekend.
Super Rugby franchises receive upwards of R28-million every year, with some, who accept wider responsibilities from SA Rugby getting R33-million.
The newspaper also reported that a local rugby boss said earlier this week that the Kings and Cheetahs’ expulsion from the tournament was a done deal, but SA Rugby president Mark Alexander told the Sunday Times that ‘no decision has been taken’.
Meanwhile, in Australia, there is talk that the Brumbies and Rebels may have to form a similar partnership to the one that saw the Lions and Cheetahs form the Cats in 1998.