CAPE TOWN – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants are to spread out across the country’s four Super Rugby teams to offer support as they look to harmonise preparations for next year's World Cup in Japan. The Springbok coach and his assistants Jacques Nienanber, Matt Proudfoot, Mzwandile Stick and Aled Walters will work with the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers, who have started preparations for the new season starting in February. Erasmus’s first posting will be to help new Bulls coach Pote Human, who replaces John Mitchell, who left to join the England coaching staff. “All of the coaches worked with one or other of the franchises in the past year to exchange ideas and expertise and hopefully assist the teams in raising the performance bar,” Erasmus said in a statement on Tuesday. “Strong performances at franchise level will translate into strong Springbok performances – it’s a win-win.” Erasmus said the coaches … [Read more...] about Springboks coaches to assist Super Rugby teams
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A bid by the Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Rugby Unions to set up a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has failed after competition organisers decided it was not commercially viable, the Fiji Rugby Union said on Thursday. Fiji rugby CEO John O'Connor confirmed that a joint bid from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga was submitted in June to the Super Rugby governing body SANZAAR, which is currently examining how the competition will be structured from 2021 to 2030. He said SANZAAR had praised aspects of the bid but ultimately rejected it on commercial grounds, saying it could not deliver "commercial uplift in both broadcasting and guaranteed underwrite". "(This) would render the viability of a Pacific Super team under the proposed SANZAAR commercial model unsustainable," he said in a statement. While the Fiji Rugby Union did not detail the costings outlined in the bid but the Pacific Rugby Players' Association said it would have required a minimum annual investment of … [Read more...] about Bid for Pacific Islands Super Rugby team fails
Dwindling crowds in Super Rugby has resulted in the SA Rugby Union taking a drastic step to try and bring the spectators back to the stadiums – by reinventing local teams as “Super Heroes”. That’s right, Lions, Sharks, Stormers and Bulls fans – your favourite player will have a super hero from the Marvel comics stable on their jerseys. Saru announced on Tuesday that the Bulls kit will be linked with Captain America, the Lions have Spiderman, the Sharks will resemble Black Panther and the Stormers will be associated with Thor. “In a ground-breaking collaboration between SA Rugby, SuperSport, Vodacom and Marvel, each of the South African Super Rugby teams will be assigned a Marvel Super Hero as their look for the home derbies next season,” Saru said in a statement. Chief executive Jurie Roux added: “Super Rugby has always been about entertainment and providing supporters with something new, and in 2019, we will definitely achieve that with … [Read more...] about SA Super Rugby teams adopt Marvel look, but will they be superheroes on the pitch?
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Fresh from delivering the worst year for the Wallabies since 1958, Michael Cheika is reported to have a roadshow with Rugby Australia’s high-performance manager scheduled next week to visit the Australian Super Rugby franchises. On this tour, the pair will aim to persuade the Australian Super Rugby sides to give up ten days of pre-season training with their Wallabies in January while Cheika runs a training camp, and to have key Wallabies training and playing workload’s reduced by 20% during the Super Rugby season. During ordinary times, many Wallabies supporters might regard this sort of a deal as the holy grail, finally following in the footsteps of better teams like New Zealand and Ireland, to put the national team first. However, these are not ordinary times, with Cheika taking the Wallabies backwards since 2016, to the Wallabies current lowest ranking of seventh place in the World Rugby … [Read more...] about The Aussie Super Rugby teams should not ruin the 2019 Super Rugby season by resting Wallabies
WINGER George Bridge was the only star from the champion Crusaders to be included in the official Super Rugby team of the season. Bridge scored 15 tries during a season which ended last Saturday with Crusaders defeating the Lions 37-18 in the final in Christchurch. His try haul was the equal second best in the competition this year, bettered only by the 16 of Ben Lam, the Hurricanes winger who did not make the team. The Crusaders were the outstanding team this season as they achieved a record extending ninth title and second in a row, having also beaten the Lions in the 2017 final. They won 14 of 16 regular season matches, then achieved convincing victories over the Sharks, Hurricanes and Lions in the knockout phase. LIVE stream the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship with no ad breaks during play. SIGN UP NOW! Razor brings out breakdance 0:36 Super Rugby organisers SANZAAR justified the selections, saying on its website that they were “based on a … [Read more...] about George Bridge the only Crusader in Super Rugby team of the season