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- A famend British rugby author says the PRO14 ought to develop into a 12-team event once more, with out South African groups.
- Stephen Jones, through a column for the UK-based Sunday Occasions, wrote over the weekend that South Africa is “too far-off” to be a daily member of a European competitors.
- Jones added that SA Rugby ought to concentrate on restoring the Currie Cup to
its former glory, with a playoff between the 2 hemispheres a
A famend British scribe has referred to as for the PRO14 ought to develop into a 12-team event once more, with out South African groups.
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Stephen Jones, through a column for the UK-based Sunday Occasions, wrote over the weekend: “The grim lack of influence from the current South African illustration exhibits the best way ahead. To make a single competitors could be preposterous – South Africa is just too far-off, the logistics too forbidding, the dearth of away supporters complete, and the influence not remotely nearly as good as folks think about of their desires.”
Stories final week indicated that South Africa’s 4 Tremendous Rugby franchises – the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers – may be a part of an expanded PRO16 from as early because the 2020-21 season. South Africa’s present PRO14 incumbents, the Cheetahs and Kings, SA’s would then fall out.
It adopted New Zealand Rugby’s feedback final week that it plans to kind a brand new Tremendous Rugby competitors with out South Africa and Argentina. It might contain New Zealand’s 5 franchises, groups from Australia and probably a Pacific Islands staff.
Jones stated whereas clashes like Munster v Sharks, Bulls v Glasgow and Stormers v Ospreys all sound “fairly thrilling”, including SA groups to the PRO14 is “a complete mirage”.
“Right here and now, organisers should settle for that it is going to be uncommon for groups travelling in both path to deliver the total raft of their most illustrious gamers. Beware, beware, beware.
“The way in which ahead is evident. The PRO12 should kind its personal convention, freed from any South African groups, and play its personal occasion.”
Jones added that SA Rugby ought to concentrate on restoring the Currie Cup to its former glory, with a playoff between the 2 hemispheres a chance.
“Maybe with the highest two in every occasion taking part in semi-finals and the ultimate at a big venue.”
– Compiled by Sport24 workers