Mixed feelings on leaving S15

Cape Town - Following Jake White's suggestion that South African teams could ditch Super Rugby in favour of a tournament with English teams, readers were divided on the issue.

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Following the Cell C Sharks' 23-15 loss against Aviva Premiership log-leaders Saracens at Allianz Park, White, the new director of rugby at the KZN club, told the BBC website that the two countries' similar time-zones, lack of factors such as jet-lag and the financial benefits, made logistical sense.

Speaking at a time when the Heineken Cup has come under fire from English and French clubs, and Super Rugby under fire from some South African quarters, White suggested a possible tournament merging English and South African teams as an alternative in the future.

White said the strong contingent of rugby supporting South African ex-pats in England added to the viability of the idea.

There was a slight majority favouring remaining with Super Rugby, with readers claiming the southern hemisphere was still the strongest environment in which to forge quality Test players for the Springboks.

Sport24 asked:

"Following Jake White's comments that SA could replace Super Rugby with a competition against English teams, what are your thoughts?"

These were the results:

43% - It makes financial sense. Why should we subsidise NZ and Aus rugby, when we can earn top dollar up north?
57% - It would be a mistake. To be the best you have to play the best and the standard of rugby in the south is still higher


SA v England the future of SA rugby? (Gallo Images)
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England 219
Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (44 ov)
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England 219
Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (44 ov)
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