July 23, 2017

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Holding their breath…The Cheetahs’ Super Rugby future hinges on the outcome of the Franchise Committee’s deliberations

Holding their breath…The Cheetahs’ Super Rugby future hinges on the outcome of the Franchise Committee’s deliberations

SA Rugby will collect the applicable data to prepare a recommendation to go back to the Franchise Committee, where a decision of the final four teams will be determined

Representatives of the six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday agreed on a set of criteria to determine the four teams to represent South Africa in the competition from 2018, SA Rugby confirmed.

At the first sitting of the new Franchise Committee – established by SA Rugby in December to streamline and professionalise the running of rugby – the CEOs of the franchises and other committee members identified areas on which the teams would be measured.

The agreed headline criteria, which have been weighted, are financial and economic sustainability; a sustainable support base; team performance; and stadium and facilities. These criteria were further broken down in sub-criteria and measurement mechanisms for each of these were also set and agreed upon.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, SA Rugby said it will now collect the applicable data to prepare a recommendation to go back to the Franchise Committee, where a decision of the final four teams will be determined.

The proposal will be sent to the Executive Council before it goes to the General Council for ratification.
“The committee looked at the key question of ‘what are the fundamental criteria required to make a successful South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchise?’” said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We have reached this painful point partly because of over-optimism and partly because we have not always taken a hard-nosed business view of what is good for rugby. It is the right process with a challenging outcome for two of our franchises.

“But they have all engaged in the process at the end of which the data will drive the conclusion. We have more work to do but we are moving the process along as swiftly as is possible.”

The meeting was chaired by Mr Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President. Its other members are the deputy and vice presidents, Francois Davids and James Stoffberg respectively, as well as Roux.
The Franchise Committee will consider the data at their next meeting, scheduled to take place within the next three weeks.

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