Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens urges NZ and OZ: “Drop South Africa”

Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens urges NZ and OZ: “Drop South Africa”

- All Black legend Andrew Mehrtens has called for his homeland, New Zealand, and neighbours, Australia, to ditch the South African and Argentinian Super Rugby teams

- Mehrtens feels that his home union would be better served by creating a new tournament involving clubs from Asia

- The former flyhalf feels this would reduce the number of talented youngsters exiting New Zealand and Australia to play in Europe and Japan

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All Black legend Andrew Mehrtens was a thorn in the flesh of the Springboks and South African Super Rugby sides during his prime.

It seems the former flyhalf has gone on the offensive now again by making a controversial suggestion that would infuriate local rugby bosses.

Mehrtens has urged the New Zealand and Australian rugby unions to walk away from South Africa and Argentina in the Super Rugby tournament.

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SA Rugby Mag reported that Mehrtens has called for the Super Rugby tournament to be scrapped and for his home union to create a new competition, along with Australia and sides from Asia.

Mehrtens said, ‘I’ve said for a long time, we need to drop South Africa – as much as I love South Africa – logistically it’s a pain in the a**, same with Argentina."

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mehrtens feels the move would be more lucrative for the Kiwis and Ozzies.

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New Zealand and Australia have both seen talented youngsters leaving for foreign shores due to the higher earning potential in Europe and Japan.

Mehrtens added that Argentina could look to arrange tournaments with the North American clubs, while South Africa could forge partnerships with Dubai.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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