South Africa pulls teams from Super Rugby to play in Europe

Rugby Sep 30, 2020

South Africa pulls teams from Super Rugby to play in Europe

The South African Rugby Union decided Tuesday to withdraw its top club teams from Super Rugby in favor of playing in Europe's PRO14 league, and blamed New Zealand for the sudden breakup of the southern hemisphere competition. The decision was made after a vote of ...

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 ...

Australia puts New Zealand on clock for trans-Tasman tournament

Rugby Aug 10, 2020

Australia puts New Zealand on clock for trans-Tasman tournament

Rugby Australia has given New Zealand a three-week deadline to agree to a trans-Tasman competition in 2021 that will include five Australian teams or face organizing its own domestic tournament next year. RA interim chief executive Rob Clarke said the governing body was submitting tender ...

Sunwolves still have chance to join Australian competition

Rugby May 23, 2020

Sunwolves still have chance to join Australian competition

The Sunwolves could still compete in an upcoming tournament in Australia with that country's Super Rugby sides, CEO Yuji Watase said in a statement released Saturday. In the statement on the club's website, Watase said Rugby Australia was negotiating with the Australian government to find ...

Sunwolves aiming to compete in Australia in July

Rugby May 18, 2020

Sunwolves aiming to compete in Australia in July

Japan's Sunwolves are aiming to participate in a tournament between Super Rugby teams in Australia that is scheduled to start in July. The Sunwolves' final season in Super Rugby was cut short in March, when the new coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition ...

Rugby May 18, 2020

Super Rugby's Reds bench three for refusing pay cuts

Super Rugby side Queensland Reds have suspended Wallabies lock Izack Rodda and two other players for declining to accept pay cuts that were agreed to by the players' union amid a shutdown of the season due to the coronavirus outbreak. Rodda, fullback Isaac Lucas and ...

New Zealand players return to 'second preseason' on Monday

Rugby May 17, 2020

New Zealand players return to 'second preseason' on Monday

New Zealand's Super Rugby players will begin what coaches have deemed to be a "second preseason" on Monday as they return to training following a relaxation of health and travel restrictions imposed after the novel coronavirus pandemic. Southern hemisphere rugby's governing body SANZAAR postponed the ...