The geography for them in super rugby made no sense so hopefully it comes together. Get the latest news from the world of sport along with the best opinion from our outstanding team of sport writers, direct to your inbox every Friday, Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our Start your Independent Premium subscription today. In the longer term, and as a result of significant changes to rugby's global competition structures, the Pro14 is the likely future home for more South African involvement. Registered in Ireland: 523712. Top tiers in English and French rugby involve domestic promotion and relegation, leaving the Pro14 - a competition of franchises, regions and provinces - open to potential expansion. The Welsh regions will need to up their game to compete and at least the Irish provinces will have tougher competition and the finances generated from such a strong Pro 14 can only help the Celtic nations compete with the richer English and French sides in the European cups. New Zealand and Australia are planning domestic or trans-Tasman competition, which sidelines the South African sides and the Argentine Jaguares. a division of Blue Sky Publications Ltd. Most importantly, it will raise the standard of the PRO16, or however many it is. While it seems that Super Rugby is intent on shrinking down to a more manageable size it appears that the PR014 has no such qualms. A curation of the best new tracks for you to enjoy. PRO14 is an annual rugby union competition involving teams from Ireland, Scotland, Italy, South Africa and Wales. In a widely expected move, a Special General Meeting of the South … Either some teams are dropped or the league is expanded resulting in many more games at a time when we are also concerned about player welfare.Money isn't everything! Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Pro14 Rugby and SA Rugby hope that South African teams will be able to join the season in 2021 using a replacement team from South Africa’s current professional franchises in place of the Kings. and negotiations are ongoing about which franchise will take their place. It would, hopefully raise the standard of the Pro 14 league if quality teams from the current world champions are joining. For more information go to. There are also four teams from Ireland, four from Wales, two from Scotland and two from Italy in the PRO 14. Get your point though. "SARU has signalled for some time now they were looking at aligning with the northern hemisphere season," Robinson said in a statement. In that case, I think it makes sense to join up with the South Africans. I use to be something of a traditionalist when it came to rugby and wanting to preserve the Celtic league. South Africa– Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A TheSouthAfrican Number: 2005/028472/07. Wednesday 23 September 2020 12:17 The Cheetahs could be back with more domestic teams in the Pro14 (Getty) Organisers of the Pro14 are in … Pro14 organisers have confirmed they are in talks about increasing the number of South African teams in the competition. Celtic lower league's struggle on an annual basis. South Africa has voted to pull its four major franchises from Super Rugby and explore expanding their presence in the European PRO14 competition in a major shift for the game in the country. I would love to see the costs of this. Copyright © Blue Sky Publications Ltd. All Rights Reserved. South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings will not play in the Pro14 for the rest of 2020, missing the start of the 2020-21 season. "We were thrilled with how Super Rugby Aotearoa was received this year, and are excited about what is shaping up for 2021. My thoughts exactly - game is not big enough, this proves it - players will love escaping winter mind ! They are paid by the IRFU, so they dictate when they play. New Zealand and Australia have been able to restart rugby with new domestic tournaments, while SA Rugby waits for government to approve a restart. "These are extraordinary times," SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at 1-800-843-0008 or visit Ireland select uncapped Leinster quintet in 6N squad, France name five uncapped players for Autumn games, Springbok Showdown squads named in unique live pick, Stormers to make individual BLM decisions - Kolisi, South Africa's Southern Kings placed into liquidation, New Zealand Rugby Union unilaterally decided to proceed with a domestic or trans-Tasman competition, preliminary conversations with the organisers of PRO14. There are regular flights that you can get to every destination.". Does anybody know what is happening? Damian de Allende of Munster makes a break during the Guinness PRO14 Round 15 match against Connacht. There is hope the new campaign net year will still involve South African teams alongside the best from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. is all about South Africa and the stories that affect South Africans, wherever they are in the world. B & I league would be amazing, rivalries and opportunties to get to away matches. © Irish Examiner Ltd, Linn Dubh, Assumption Road, Blackpool, Cork. Can 'strange' Dave Rennie help end the Wallabies' Bledisloe drought? "Our members are excited about the prospect of closer alignment with the PRO Rugby Championship and seeking a northern hemisphere future, but we would not have been taking this decision but for actions elsewhere," SA Rugby chief executive Jourie Roux said in a statement. Munster have six Guinness PRO14 matches in the same timeframe, starting with the visit of Cardiff Blues to Thomond Park on Monday night, October 26. Bring it on - I live near Bristol, but would definitely travel to Wales at every opportunity or even fly to Dublin. Address: Regus Business Centre I'm no screaming tree-hugger but isn't expanding a competition in such a way that it involves hundreds of thousands of air-miles going against the flow a bit?Besides, what is the optimum size for a Pro14 League? Across the Tasman, Rugby Australia are keen on a Big Bash style extravaganza which would include all five of their franchises. A British and Irish league would be the preferred option. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. for its own future path, which does not involve Bulls, Lions, Stormers and Sharks. New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said that South Africa's position was no surprise. Just the Jaguares that are going to be stranded now if this goes ahead. Munster had been set to lose Springbok centre de Allende for eight weeks between now and December 12 for the four-nation championship, to be played as a one-off solely in Australia from November 7 yet organisers SANZAAR today confirmed the Springboks, with former Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber having succeeded World Cup-winning Rassie Erasmus as head coach, had pulled out of the Rugby Championship citing its government's travel restrictions, player welfare and safety concerns. Some great new away trips for the genuine fans. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. "SA Rugby's long-standing commitments are to field two teams in the Guinness Pro14 and in light of the withdrawal of the Southern Kings, discussions are on-going about fulfilling this agreement from 2021 using a replacement team from its current professional franchises. His comments come after the New Zealand Rugby Union unilaterally decided to proceed with a domestic or trans-Tasman competition in the future that effectively brought an end to Super Rugby in its current format. Exactly my feelings. South Africans have had to watch matches from New Zealand and Japan before breakfast, from Australia in mid-morning and from Argentina after midnight. The Japanese Sunwolves played their final season in the competition in 2020. An error has occurred, please try again later. The three-time Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks will remain part of the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship for the foreseeable future. League bosses also hope South African teams will still join the 2020-21 campaign in the new year. Bring on the Bokke! Some great new away trips for the genuine fans.

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