dglobalnews.com Explained: Changes to Super Rugby are bad for South Africa
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Explained: Changes to Super Rugby are bad for South Africa

Explained: Changes to Super Rugby are bad for South Africa

Amid the drama that has enveloped the Super Rugby competition this year comes a timely reminder that this sport can actually be tremendously entertaining.

But the former Highlanders coach, who won the Super Rugby title in 2015, did say "it's interesting to know what success looks like".

However, like Sakamoto, Joseph said the reduction in travel - the Sunwolves are set to travel close to 120,000 kilometers this season, twice as far as any other side - would "help out".

Clyne said the ARU was not prepared to take such a risk and made it clear an Australian-only competition was not at all financially enticing.

The Wallabies mentor was unsure if a four-team format would better suit the national side long-term, but believes Australian rugby is turning a corner.

While the Kiwi outfits continue to dominate the competition, Tew said viewer numbers in Australia and South Africa had "plummeted" this season.

The winners of each conference plus another five teams with the greatest number of log points will qualify for the playoffs.

"The decision to retain the Sunwolves is linked directly to SANZAAR's strategic plan for the future", Impey said.

SANZAAR, made up of the South African, New Zealand, Australian and Argentine unions, met in London last month to try and hammer out a solution to the problems of an over-complicated structure and a dilution in the quality of the product. "It remains an obvious focus for the organization and a Japanese Super Rugby franchise is key to that strategy".

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The win, clinched by a 74th-minute penalty to Yu Tamura, was the Sunwolves' first of the season and only their second since they entered Super Rugby previous year.

Cripps missed the conversion, but it was third time lucky for the New Zealander when he nailed a long range penalty to push the Sunwolves into a handy 10-0 lead after as many minutes.

"That combined with the history of our relationship with South Africa. means we're very keen to keep playing against South Africa".

Japan as is, are not on the competitive scale with the likes of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina and as a result are not involved in the Rugby Championship, so why is their representing franchise involved with the aforementioned countries' in Super Rugby?

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby said: "Fans, media and broadcasters have spoken and we have listened to them".

"SANZAAR can not continue to ignore the extensive feedback that it has received from fans, stakeholders and commercial partners around the integrity of the competition format and performances of the teams".

"Australia's professional Rugby players are incredibly frustrated and deeply disappointed by today's confirmation that the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has voted to axe an Australian team from Super Rugby in 2018 and beyond", Xenos said.

Founded as an expansion team in 2006, the Western Force have struggled financially and managed a winning record in just two of their 12 seasons.

The Kings were downed 46-41 by another team facing the chop, the Western Force, in an exciting, emotionally charged encounter at the NIB Stadium in Perth on Saturday, while the Cheetahs had a bye ahead of their overseas tour.

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