RE: Currie Cup vs Super Rugby
October 24, 2012, 09:14:09
i made the same type of post a few months back...the big thing is the super rugby comp now is being setup and builded towards allowing the aussies there version of a local comp as they dont have a local comp like we and the NZ does. the biggest point is the money spinner. the commercial rights is massive and to what i heard SA bring in about 60 % of the viewership but only gets 1/3 of the profit so i doubt that SANZAR will allow this type of structure to it. the
due to the dates and times the super rugby comp has in effect taken over from the NZ and SA local comps and handed the aussies there local comp. fair to say the concept of strength vs strength will allow the super rugby comp to be more intense and more of a spectacle than the current version of it. i enjoyed more the super 12 and super 10 days than the overbloated version of it now. there needs to be a promotion relegation system in place to demand results and allow only the best in the top tier.
we cant overstate the importance of the CC in terms of the development of players or the importance to SA rugby on a whole. the players bodies as mike as said cant handle the amount of rugby and in effect sanzar is killing the goose that is laying the golden egg as players breakdown the level of competition will become less and less.
the best method will be that the curent super rugby be split into 2 tiers. the top 10 or 12 play each other in the main tier and the second tier should be expanded to include teams from japan the islands (nz will try to block this as they will lose there main form of player recruitments) and the pumas. the top 6 of each division the play in knockouts at the end of the season that makes use of a home and away concept., from that the semis and finalist will be chosen.
less games in regular season and more finals will ensure enough money generation and have a bigger following. there is just to much rugby at the moment and with smaller squads ext the players can play this amount of games and still be up for it come the internationals window. SANZAR needs to sort this out as we are shooting ourselves in the foot.
the boks need to be centrally contracted and the unions need to have a secondary say in how they use the player. as well there needs to be much better player management