as declared in The decision regarding which South African Super Rugby teams will lose their place in future competition is not as final as has been reported.
In London a few weeks ago, PwC presented its recommendations to Super Rugby governing body Sanzaar, which encompasses South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.
“It’s not just four broadcasters, like many people think – it’s probably 12 or 13, as the rights are sold on to other broadcasters, because Super Rugby is shown in other territories.
Since then, speculation has been rife that three teams – two of them South African and one of them Australian – would fall out of the Super Rugby competition from next year in an attempt to blow new life into the dying rugby brand.
But if the decision is based on finances, the Brumbies – who have won the tournament twice – could fall.
ARU to announce 2016 surplus amid Super Rugby silence and uncertainty
SHAREShare on Facebook SHAREShare on Twitter TWEETLink The future of Super Rugby remains clouded in uncertainty.
Fairfax Media understands the ARU will announce a 2016 surplus of about $3 million at its annual general meeting on April 10.
The Australian Rugby Union is set to announce its best financial results in a decade – outside a British and Irish Lions tour – at the same time under-fire Super Rugby clubs continue to be buffeted by uncertainty over the future of the competition.
There is now a worry that a total Super Rugby funding figure of $33 million in 2016 could have put in jeopardy the ARU’s goal of having $10 million ‘future fund’ up and running by 2020.
Cox added his voice to calls for an independent commission to run Super Rugby and warned while there was a healthy appetite for live sport in Australia, teams would fold without more home games.
according to Happy weekend for NZ as Crusaders, Blues and Highlanders earn Super Rugby victoriesGETTY IMAGES Midfielder Malakai Fekitoa (centre) celebrates the Highlanders’ 18-13 win over the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday night.
The Highlanders, with two victories secured, meet the Rebels in Dunedin next Friday night.
Five straight wins, with a bonus point finally pouched for good measure, ensure the Crusaders have secured that coveted cosy nook at the head of the Super Rugby table.
No, it didn’t in any way signal the Blues have the form and expertise to scramble themselves into title contention.
Removing the “slow starters” tag, a reflection of their inability to fire-up in the opening rounds, is one thing.
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