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SA Rugby set criteria for Super Rugby

Representatives of the six Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday agreed a set of criteria to determine the four teams to represent South Africa in the competition from 2018, SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.

At the first sitting of new Franchise Committee – established by SA Rugby in December to streamline and professionalise the running of rugby – the CEOs of the franchises and other committee members identified areas on which the teams would be measured.

The agreed headline criteria, which have been weighted, are: financial and economic sustainability; sustainable support base; team performance; and stadium and facilities. These criteria were further broken down in sub-criteria and measurement mechanisms for each of these were also set and agreed upon.

SA Rugby will now collate the applicable data to prepare a recommendation to go back to the Franchise Committee, to make a decision on the final four teams. This proposal will be sent to the Executive Council before it will go to the General Council for ratification.

“The committee looked at the key question of ‘what are the fundamental criteria required to make a successful South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchise?” said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We have reached this painful point partly because of over-optimism and partly because we have not always taken a hard-nosed business view of what is good for rugby. It is the right process with a challenging outcome for two of our franchises.

“But they have all engaged in the process at the end of which the data will drive the conclusion. We have more work to do but we are moving the process along as swiftly as is possible.”

The meeting was chaired by Mr Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President. Its other members are the deputy and vice presidents, Francois Davids and James Stoffberg respectively, as well as Roux.

The Franchise Committee will consider the data at their next meeting, scheduled to take place within the next two to three weeks.

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    Aldo

    April 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

    “financial and economic sustainability; sustainable support base; team performance; and stadium and facilities. These criteria were further broken down in sub-criteria and measurement mechanisms for each of these were also set and agreed upon.”

    team performance: Current form either of Bulls, Cheetahs or Kings
    stadium and facilities: Cheetahs and not sure as all the rest have great stadiums
    sustainable support base: Kings and Cheetahs if viewership numbers and number at Stadiums are to be believed.
    financial and economic sustainability: Kings, Cheetahs and the Stormers.

    So clear cut who should be cut but they forgot to add Political interference as an option. So Kings might just stay on and Bulls might get kicked out.

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    Craven

    April 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    @Aldo:

    No way Bryce, not the Stormers, Thelo now has access to Johan Rupert’s deep pockets. hehehe.

    Seriously though, it would seem a no brainer, but this South Africa.

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  3. Bekke

    Bekke

    April 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Criteria should include “development of players” – in which case Bulls and Sharks should go, as they just poach players from other regions.

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  4. DavidS

    DavidS

    April 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    How it pans out once the ANC has its say

    Lions and Bulls become Gauteng Giants

    Cheetahs amalgamate with Sharks which is already more or less the case

    Kings stay on as perennial rape victims for transformation

    Stormers stay on because SARU is in Cape Town and most of its personnel come from the Cape and it is well connected.

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