- Apr 9, 2010
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2 things.A proper Currie Cup would be amazing. It might just be a tad awkward to have our sides in a tournament that starts with the letter 'E' for Europe. I can just hear the French club owners moan because of having to travel to SA.
On this note Mehrtens is saying the same thing:
Highlights of his argument being its all about time zones and he sees NZ & Aus venturing into Asia, SA linking up with Dubai... IDK, if Europe would have us I think Strength vs Strength could be amazing. Its just the travel factor.
Argentina to set up shop with the rest of the Americas.
Can't say I disagree with him. Only argument other than travel I see against it is traditionally rugby in SA in high summer is murder BUT next year will already see SR start off start of February which is our hottest month so that old argument is moot.
A crazy thought is for SA businessmen to set up clubs in the Netherlands and be based there like Argentina's Jaguars were based in Stellenbosch in SA a few years before joining SR and playing in our Vodacom Cup. Currently French and English clubs are making "partnerships" with SA sides but to their benefit, effectively making us feeder teams. If our players are playing in Europe in any case I'd rather it be on our terms.
1. 10 team Currie Cup:
Who will that be exactly? Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, WP, Natal Sharks, Free State Cheetahs, Griquas, Pumas, Boland, Southern Kings (EP), Leopards? Or will we add the Jaguares/Pampas? For me, expanding the Premier division of the Currie Cup by that many teams, would not be the solution. I would rather have it limited to 8 with home and away legs for each team. The first division is just not up there to have more of their teams promoted to the premier division.
2. SA leaving Super Rugby
That's all fine and dandy, let's take our money with us and leave. I guess NZ and Australia have more than enough money to start this project all on their own. I wonder how they'll do it especially since it seems like FOX in Oz is now also not going to be the main broadcaster of Rugby union in Australia anymore. How long until the wells dry up??? We were their golden egg when it comes to money. And our location is one of the main reasons why the money is flowing in.
Do they expect Japan to be the main contributor? Have they made a study on the amount of viewership they will lose should this happen??? Money talks and it's the worst time to have this type of discussion. Especially after the World Cup. The team they want to drop is the World Champions, and after the World Cup, the emerging markets would rather look at the World Champs than teams that wasn't in the final or even the Semi-final.
I think SA is in the best position possible right now...