- New Zealand has revealed plans to ditch the current Super Rugby structure - as well as the governing body - from 2021
- NZ rugby wants to cut the South African and the Argentinian teams from the tournament
- The new tournament will consist of five New Zealand teams, one Pacific Island team and two to four Australian sides
Bad news for South African Super Rugby fans. New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced plans on Friday to cut the South African Springboks and Argentina's Jaguares from Super Rugby next year.
The proposed new Super Rugby tournament will consists of five New Zealand teams, one Pacific Island team and two to four Australian sides.
Chief executive Mark Robinson has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the decision, adding it made long-distance travel impossible.
"We want teams that are competitive and that fans will want to watch go head-to-head, week in, week out," he said.
The Sowetan reported Robinson said the decision to change the tournament was extremely tough and he sympathised with SA teams.
"We have a huge amount of sympathy for what's happening to rugby in Argentina and South Africa and their inability to play at the moment and the uncertainty that's creating," he said.
Rugby Australia (RA) said its excited to work with NZR in the coming weeks but added it valued the Sanzaar joint venture partners.
NZ Herald reported RA said:
"As part of the SANZAAR joint venture we will be examining how the mooted new competition will fit into the existing contracted competitions."
South Africans and other sport fans have since reacted to the news and not everyone is happy about it.
Twitter user, @podcastsport, commented:
"Sad to see SA go to be honest. We are kind of closer to them nowadays than Aussie. Obviously the financial and time cost of playing there is tough but still... Oh well it is cricket season somewhere too I guess."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported Roc Nation Sports has announced the signing of 26-year old Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Cheslin Kolbe.
Kolbe signed a deal with Jay Z's company following a standout year in 2019, which included a stellar performance in the Top 14 Championship and the World Cup.
The speedster wrote on social media that it is a dream come true and he was excited to join the Roc Nation family.
Kolbe joins his fellow Springboks rugby player Siya Kolisi as a member of Roc Nation Sports. The Bok captain kicked off the new year under the representation of Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports.
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