New Zealand's Brent Impey quits as SANZAAR chairman

Rugby Nov 17, 2020

New Zealand's Brent Impey quits as SANZAAR chairman

Brent Impey has quit as chairman of Southern Hemisphere rugby body SANZAAR, saying the four-nation organization is outdated and in urgent need of change. Impey, who has chaired the SANZAAR board for five years, will remain chairman of New Zealand Rugby. His resignation comes at ...

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Rugby Sep 27, 2020

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Australia coach Dave Rennie sided with New Zealand Sunday over a scheduling row threatening to derail the Rugby Championship, but he held back from saying it would be resolved. The stumbling block is New Zealand's demand that the tournament, which also involves South Africa and ...

SANZAAR boss admits Super Rugby overextended

Rugby Aug 31, 2020

SANZAAR boss admits Super Rugby overextended

SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos admitted Monday that Super Rugby sowed the seeds of its own demise when it launched an ambitious expansion plan for the Southern Hemisphere competition. Marinos also raised doubts over whether a planned trans-Tasman competition would proceed next year, and conceded ...

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

Rugby Mar 22, 2019

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

The Sunwolves' exit from Super Rugby was confirmed Friday with the tournament organizer saying in a press release that the immediate future of the competition "rests with a 14-team, round robin, competition format." The revised format will come into operation and kick off in 2021, ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 29, 2017

Joseph replaces Tiatia as head coach of Sunwolves

Japan coach Jamie Joseph will replace Filo Tiatia as head coach of the Sunwolves, the side announced Friday. The move follows the consolidation of the team's operations and an alignment of high-performance structures, after a review of the team's first two seasons in Super Rugby. The ...

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle

More Sports / Rugby Apr 10, 2017

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle

by Rich Freeman

The Sunwolves responded Monday to the reduction in the number of Super Rugby teams and their move to the Australian Conference, saying the reduced traveling and more favorable time zones will help the side both on and off the field. "We will continue competing in ...

Sunwolves survive Super Rugby cull

More Sports / Rugby Apr 9, 2017

Sunwolves survive Super Rugby cull

The Sunwolves will remain part of Super Rugby despite the tournament being cut by three teams, it was announced Sunday. SANZAAR — the body that runs Southern Hemisphere rugby — said that from 2018, Super Rugby will be a 15-team competition with the South African ...

Sunwolves hold heads high despite loss to Cheetahs

More Sports / Rugby Mar 12, 2017

Sunwolves hold heads high despite loss to Cheetahs

The history books will show that the Sunwolves fell to their third loss of the 2017 Super Rugby season on Saturday night. But the 38-31 defeat to the Cheetahs highlighted just what Filo Tiatia's team is capable of. It also showed that talk of the ...