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2021-02-21 21:29:21 GMT
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Super Rugby set to lose its appeal after South Africa withdraws from competition
It was a real blow to rugby when it was announced last year that the South African Rugby Union had decided to pull their teams out of the Super Rugby competition, which they had competed in since 1996. In what seemed like the blink of any eye, gone were the days of high-intensity matches between the cream of the Southern Hemisphere rugby crop.
Worse still, it felt as if SARU were cutting off their nose to spite their face after feeling slighted by the powers that be of New Zealand Rugby. Indeed, offence was taken after New Zealand Rugby didn't consult SARU on their decision to make Super Rugby a more domestic affair.
Naturally, New Zealand Rugby saw it differently and said that ultimately they weren't surprised. NZR accused SARU of wanting to join the Pro14 in the Northern Hemisphere for some time and only waited for the most opportune moment to do so. It will come as no real shock to see that there are two sides to this story. But on the balance of things and having weighed up both sides, it does still feel like the South African Rugby Union were a bit hasty in their decision-making.
South Africa's former Super Rugby sides will be introduced to the Pro14 teams from April 2021 in a new Rainbow Cup competition.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 23, 2020
Sixteen teams are scheduled to compete.
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