Any chance that South Africa will return to super rugby in the foreseeable future is slim
That’s the view of Rugby Australia’s new CEO Andy Marinos, who can’t see the relationship between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa mending anytime soon
“I don’t think [South Africa is going to return to Super Rugby anytime soon]” Marinos said after unveiling Harvey Norman as the main sponsor of Super Rugby AU The decision made has certainly created a distance between the old, traditional rivalries
???? South Africa is out now and will play in the Pro16 This also gives us the opportunity to settle in a structure in the Australasian region and see how that grows over time
“You can’t ignore the challenges in the old super rugby construct”The tyranny of distance, of flying to another region and getting up mentally and physically. It was really tough. Youngsters take the time to adjust. Where we are now, is it really good for Super Rugby to restart itself?” ???
The relationship between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa had brought rugby into the professional era, but the COVID-19 pandemic quickly changed that relationship
South Africa felt briefly changed when Australia and New Zealand insisted on promoting a trans-Tasmanian competition Hour back from the rugby championship, which caused further friction
This friction will likely lead to the inclusion of a Pasifika or Japanese team not South African sites? with each expansion of the current competitions
“That’s part of the agenda”We had [Japan’s] participation in the last iteration of Super Rugby and I think that served Japanese rugby really well Marinos said they have now improved their competition and look more professional, we will certainly look into them because I think there is a lot of value
“It’s exactly the same with the Pacific Islands”The Drua have come to NRC for the past few years, they played really well, they won one of those years
â ???? There’s no question about their high performance. It’s about making sure we can move between different countries and find the right competitive model that makes sense for fans and all of our commercial partners and playersâ ????
On the field, Marinos will ensure that the referees are held accountable for applying new rules to a new breed of rugby fans
â ???? A referee is like a conductor in an orchestra we have to make sure, and I think the guys really understand, that this is an entertainment product he said
â ???? And we have to make it entertaining for the fans. We don’t want to get too stuck in certain situations
â ???? The referees were really good. They’ve been brought in and are part of the process. Let’s see what happensâ ????
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