Faced with the context of a global pandemic that continues to affect the global sports landscape, the four SANZAAR unions have reviewed the strategic plan adopted in 2018 to provide a new direction for the years to come. Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa recognize the need for change in these times and made a commitment between now and 2030, work on the restructuring of the alliance, on the renewal of the brand, on new development initiatives and a new arrangement of the structure of the national, provincial and club tournaments.
For its part, the Rugby Championship will continue to be played for the next decade, with the same objective as always: that the teams can compete at the highest possible level, including the World Cup as the ultimate goal. The tournament will be restructured to include a 12-game schedule with teams playing both games at home or away from home both games. It will be a minitour format. Today’s announcement is the first part of a phased progression process within SANZAAR.
Marcelo Rodríguez, president of the Argentine Rugby Union, expressed: “This news is the result of the enormous commitment that exists between the four member unions, towards the development of rugby in the Southern Hemisphere. The situation of the coronavirus has given us constant lessons throughout this time and that is why we agree that it is time to review some issues related to the structure and brand image, for the next decade ”.
On the other hand, Andy Marinos, CEO of SANZAAR Held: “This is the first in a series of announcements to be made in the coming weeks., as we plan for 2021 and the years to come. The disruption during 2020 has been significant, however, despite the numerous setbacks and the complexity inherent in the geographic location of the four countries, we have managed to keep the game alive and look forward to the Tri Nations lowering the curtain on the 2020 season. in the best way”.