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Super Rugby stay as is but SA Rugby keep options open


There has been a few speculations on what would SA Rugby do now that that New Zealand has put forward a proposal for a Super Rugby tournament in 2021 which excludes South African sides.

SA Rugby chief Jurie Roux has come out and said that they are still planning to be in Super Rugby next year. He said New Zealand Rugby has all the rights to determine their immediate future but there is a legal and binding agreement with SANZAAR alliance and anyone breaching this would put themselves in a position to be held liable.

Roux also told the media that he would not be doing his job if he did not have a Plan B or Plan C in place for SA Rugby.

He admits that there is a few options on the table which he could not go into but assured that these plans are a long way down the road.

The speculations are that SA Rugby may join the PRO16 which will include four sides from South Africa and may excludes then the Cheetahs and Kings from the competition.

Bot Roux and Erasmus sits on the Celtic Rugby Board which makes it easy for them to negotiate a deal for South African franchises.

Playing in the PRO16 will mean SA Franchises can qualify for the EPCR Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup which will see our teams going against the French and English top sides.

All we know for now is that Super Rugby is still in place as per agreement and New Zealand and Australia can go make plans, but without SANZAAR permission it will not happen.

If they do break away from SANZAAR Super Rugby, we may see SA Franchises playing in Europe which most people see the best solution for all.

Time will tell…

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