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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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Rugby IPL?

Interesting development emerging out of SA. Maybe this will result in us retaining more of our players (who usually go overseas because of better earnings there). Who knows, if Cape Town Stadium and MM Stadium prove popular with the fans, it may even put pressure on the Stormers and the Sharks to relocate to the new stadiums....

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Rassie brings IPL to rugby
2010-06-21

Rudolph Lake - Rapport

Johannesburg – The involvement of former Springbok flank Rassie Erasmus in the new International Super Rugby (ISR) competition will not affect his job as director of coaching at the Western Province Rugby Union.

Capetonians can therefore rest assured that Erasmus will still put the interests of the Stormers and WP first and foremost and will still strive to make these two teams the most successful in the country.

Erasmus, his namesake Frikkie Erasmus, a Cape Town lawyer businessman, and two very well-known names in South African rugby are in the process of founding a new international competition in South Africa – something that will change the look of SA rugby dramatically.

The new competition will begin in January 2012 and is based on the Indian Premier League cricket series with shorter matches lasting only half as long as a normal game, and adjustments to rules to make the game faster.

More than 200 of the world's finest rugby players will fight it out at the city's brand new World Cup Soccer stadiums in Cape Town and Durban, playing in a series in which eight teams with a lot of international flavour will compete for about three weeks for handsome prize money.


Springboks like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Juan Smith, Jaque Fourie, Heinrich Brüssow and Bismarck du Plessis, All Blacks stars like Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter and the Aussies Phil Waugh and James O’Connor, as well as several other top players from England, France and Argentina will be part of the new competition.

Erasmus has already discussed his future, and ISR plans, with the WP rugby bosses and they are satisfied that he will stay on as the Cape Town director of rugby.

The planned ISR competition will however force the country's provincial unions to review their current players' contracts. South Africa, New Zealand and Australia's Super Rugby franchises may also have to think about their preparations for this annual competition between teams of the Southern Hemisphere.

Super rugby teams usually start training early in January but in 2012, coaches may have to wait until February before they can begin preparing as players may be involved with the new competition.

All the international players who have been earmarked to play in the first ISR competition, have contracts with their national bodies and relevant provincial unions and teams that expire at the end of 2011.

According to Sport24's information, they will only sign new contracts with their countries and any provincial unions or teams if they are allowed to take part annually in the ISR competition from 2012.

But the new competition Could also be of great benefit for the South African Rugby Union as local players will be able to earn extra money in the series and therefore not have to leave the country for better pay overseas.

The expectation is that top players will earn millions – more than their current annual salaries – in the ISR series and will have no reason to seek greener pastures outside of South Africa.


http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Rassi...rugby-20100621
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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That sounds amazing
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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So it's a set date? Stoked!
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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phhhhha too much rugger already, not enough money spent on club game and top players NEVER play club rugger anymore. this will fuck up rugby like IPL fucked up cricket, too much cricket, too much money and not enough passion for your club or country as everyone is a mersenary for the cash.
Look at what the IPL has done to Indian cricket, no passion, no pride, no one wanting to play for their country in case they get injured? and look who won the 20/20 title recently, the team with the least players chasing easy moola (poms)

Dont support this as there is aloready a shortend form of the game its called 7s
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 03:15 PM   #5
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cricket is one thing but rugga is another, I agree its good for the game but more damage to the players.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:06 PM   #6
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We live in an age where people WANT new things all the time. If you dont try to offer you will lose relevance...good initiative...intersting only Cape Town and Durban...for a a change!
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:20 PM   #7
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for my money ..unless they develop a appealing new sport within a sport it wont stick..20/20 has thrown the convention out the window and with it the old fart element ..cow shots to all corners..i ask how does this approach work in rugby when 7z has it covered.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #8
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Well, to be honest, I know very many people who watch rugby, but I can't think of one that watches 7's. Perhaps this will be hyped/marketed more, and thus have more of a following.
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same here, I would say 7's is a failure, infact some of Rugby's biggest super stars came into contention because of 7's. Thought the sport itself hasnt taken off. People still prefer the 80min game. Perhaps this new league could change things but I have my doubts.
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Old June 29th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #10
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maybe we'll also have soccer ipl now
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #11
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maybe we'll also have soccer ipl now
FIFA would go ape shit! I remember a while back that SAFA talked about contracting national players, FIFA have a firm stance of players being contracted to clubs only. The only exception I can think of is the MLS, where players are contracted to the league.
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