The South African Rugby Union (SA Rugby) received with satisfaction SANZAAR’s announcement on Wednesday, confirming a renewed focus of the four unions associated with the Rugby Championship, the first part of a gradual reshuffle within southern hemisphere rugby.
The Rugby Championship, the flagship of rugby in the southern hemisphere, will be restructured to include a 12 games with teams facing each other at home or away through the new mini-tour match schedule that was adopted in 2019.
“We welcome the changes announced at the Rugby Championship with our SANZAAR partners and are eager to see what the new strategic plan entails for the competition, with possible international expansion among the plans,” he said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. .
“Although we had to change our national focus, we still have a long history with the All Blacks and Wallabies, as well as a long-standing friendship with Los Pumas and we look forward to more world class test rugby.
“Since the Tri-Nations was played for the first time in 1996, and more recently the Rugby Championship since 2012, a team from the southern hemisphere has won the Rugby World Cup five out of six times, which is testament to the high quality of rugby testing played on this side of the equator. “
Andy Marinos, CEO of SANZAAR, said: “The four unions’ new commitment to the long-term future of international play is an important beginning as we embark on a new direction for both the unions and the organization in the years to come.