The 2020 rugby Super league is one of the most affected sporting events in the world that were subjected to suspension as a result of the pandemic and now Australia and New Zealand players are said to be holding discussions to kick South Africa out of the prestigious tournament for the season.
New Zealand and Australia have been nations that have managed to flatten the curve or get rid of coronavirus from their countries and already looking at how they can return the rugby games.
We recently reported that the New Zealand government had given the clearance for the rugby games to restart with a mini tournament kind of arrangement put in place for the games to start.
According to Nine News, a contingent of senior Australian players, led by captain Michael Hooper, took part in a phone call with their Kiwi counterparts, including new skipper Sam Cane.
Why Do Australia and New Zealand Want South Africa Booted?
The reason for the call was an attempt to float ideas about how to restart the Super Rugby season amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, but also to discuss the long-term viability of the competition, which contains franchises from five countries across four continents.
A Trans-Tasman competition, involving the existing nine franchises from each country along with the re-introduction of the Western Force, is the format the players want to see.
They’d be willing to welcome a Pacific Island team to the fold in a move that would likely delight World Rugby.
One thing standing in the way of that idea becoming a reality is the fact South Africa and New Zealand are believed to have already signed broadcast deals beyond 2020 under the current Super Rugby format.
With South Africa not making much headway in the management of the pandemic, there is belief that they will be a huge let down on the resuming of the league. So they are seeking ways of restarting either with SA or completely removing them for the 2020 season.
However, we also know that SANZAAR is working on a rugby championship model similar to a world cup. This will have all the teams in one place where Australia has been fronted as the host nation and this would enable the games to be played even behind closed doors.
Because South Africa are world champions, we don’t expect that this will be a permanent move. And well SANZAAR need South Africa in the group.
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