- Apr 9, 2010
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Not to be contrary but I don't think that argument holds up anymore in SR since we are clearly unable to hold on to our players ad get player continuity from year to year. Its no coincidence that the Lions are the only SA able to compete as they are the only team without at least 5 newbies from year t year. Also no coincidence the Cheetahs' only entry into the playoffs came the year they managed to keep hold of their players from the previous year.
We need to acknowledge we need to buy into Europe because Europe is buying us whether we like it or not and its due to economic circumstances SARU has no control over.
Okay, maybe I should've phrased it better, I should've said that we won't leave completely/entirely. My argument still holds merit though, and the thing is that with the current springbok policy of only selecting locally based players or Springbok players with more than 30 caps when they play abroad, it does seem that SA Rugby also feels this way.
I know of many supporters who would be furious if we leave Super Rugby, and inevitably abandon the Rugby Championship.
I say before we get all doom and gloom, let's see what happens next year with our dualistic approach of playing in both tournaments, and see what the viability for both of them are.