Super Rugby: SANZAAR still searching for answers

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:48
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NEWS: SANZAAR are still searching for answers to try and rectify a convoluted and unpopular Super Rugby format ahead of the 2017 edition. 

The new format, which was put into action this year, received widespread criticism from coaches and fans alike during the course of the tournament. The tournament is structured with four different conferences - two South African conferences, which included the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan; and one conference each from Australia and New Zealand respectively.

An Executive Committee meeting and a 2016 Super Rugby season review took place in Sydney over the last two days with SANZAAR hosting over 80 stakeholder representatives. 

"The aim of the meetings this week was to ensure we examine the first year of the new 18-team Super Rugby tournament and take on-board feedback from the coaches and CEO's who are at the coal face of the competition," said SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos.

"Discussions took place on many aspects of the tournament including, but not limited to, tournament structure and finals series, travel, broadcasting, tournament rules, match officiating, judicial and the 2017 match schedule."
"This continuous review and feedback process is an essential part of our structure as we aim to ensure we deliver a compelling and action-packed tournament in 2017. It was also the perfect time to update everyone on the strategic plan that has the aim of mapping out the long-term future of SANZAAR by examining three core areas: the structure of competitions; the commercial structure; and the governance model.”
"A number of potential options were considered in line with the feedback that we have received through our series of consultations between May and July. We have requested further analysis and inputs from Accenture as an outcome of the workshop," added Marinos.
SANZAAR will announce the 2017 Super Rugby match schedule for the regular 17-round season on Tuesday, September 20.

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9