Posts Tagged "SANZAAR"

South Africa has been financially rated ‘junk’ status by two of the leading world financial agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch, with Moody’s likely to follow suit sooner rather than later.

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Super Rugby is going to look a bit different next year – is it going to give the competition a second lease on life, or have SANZAAR needlessly plunged the sport into more chaos?

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“Would you rather get a bullet to the head, or five to the chest and bleed to death?” When the Brad Pitt-portrayed Billy Beane uttered those words in Moneyball, the point he made was clear: as unappetising a pair of options as those are, there’s little doubt which one most of us would take.

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At 6.04 pm on Saturday, SANZAAR Media put out an email to the rugby world in Australia that was headed: SANZAAR Super Rugby Announcement.

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It’s hard to decide which rugby governing body out of the Six Nations Committee and SANZAAR has the most egg on their faces.

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SANZAAR has finally revealed the changes to the Super Rugby format to be introduced at the end of the 2017 season, re-jigging the much-maligned format and consigning one Australian and two South African teams to the scrapheap.

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Former Wallabies captain Phil Kearns has challenged the ARU to show some gumption and demand SANZAAR retain all five Australian teams in Super Rugby.

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Reports are flying that the Western Force are set to be the unlucky Australian Super Rugby side cut in a revamped 15-team competition, however the franchise has denied they will be making way at the end of the season.

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When you open a manufacturing business one of the first decisions you make is whether you are going into mass production or whether you are manufacturing niche products.

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As the first rumblings of a looming Super Rugby restructure emerged, it became increasingly clear that professional rugby had entered a new and especially perilous phase.

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Australia will lose one of its five Super Rugby teams ahead of next year’s competition, according to Cheetahs boss Harold Verster.

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As we wait for an official statement to emerge from the SANZAAR powwow in London, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to deviate from the apparent obsessive focus on our tier-one problems and ponder an interesting article I read about T2 rugby and beyond.

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Since before the Super Rugby competition kicked off this season, the talk has been dominated by one topic: how many teams will be cut for 2018.

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It’s bad enough SANZAAR has allowed South Africa six teams against Australia and New Zealand’s five each, but to muddy the tournament even further by adding Japan’s Sunwolves and Argentina’s Jaguares defies description.

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Super Rugby has closed a judicial loophole that had previously counted bye rounds as part of a player’s suspension.

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As another year draws to a close, with the flow of the sands of time as unremitting as ever, it’s time to introspect, before we look forward to another year of hard hits, great tries, reset scrums, the Southern Kings, a spurt of trans-Tasman “love” around mid-August, and Dean Mumm.

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NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore is looking for Australian Super Rugby squads to be given a greater say in the running of Australian rugby.

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The board of Australian Rugby Union have been presented with a radical proposal for the future of Super Rugby, which would see Australia and South Africa lose a provincial side, reducing the tournament to 16 teams.

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‘Folau! Folau! Israel Folau!’ What a match he played to ignite the NSW Waratahs to a resounding, emphatic, vibrant (pick your enthusiastic adjective) 45-25 victory over the Chiefs at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

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I will begin this article by answering the question first up. No, they shouldn’t – but they should be considered joint favourites for the tour down in the Republic.

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