Super Rugby

Sharks boss dismisses rumours of joining PRO14

Gary Teichmann (Gallo Images)
Gary Teichmann (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann has rejected a report indicating that South African sides are planning to leave Super Rugby for the PRO14 competition in Europe.

The Wales Online website reported over the weekend that the Sharks would be the next South African side to join the PRO14 competition for the 2019/20 season, with the Lions and Stormers potentially following suit the next season.

However, the Sharks boss has dismissed those reports.

"No discussions have been held in terms of looking at PRO14. I don't know where that has come from," the former Springbok captain told New Zealand’s Radio Sport, as quoted by the Stuff.co.nz website.

“We enjoy having New Zealand teams here in Durban, there's always a good rivalry between South African sides and New Zealand sides. Let's keep that going."

SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere's governing body, also remains confident that South African teams will keep playing Super Rugby.

In a strongly worded press statement released on Monday, SANZAAR said all its member unions were still on board and involved in an ongoing review to determine Super Rugby's future up to 2030.

"As part of this process the member unions have fully committed to the strategy and their future participation," SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement.

"Any talk of a change to the stakeholder relationship and partners withdrawing, creation of new teams in new markets and trans-Tasman competitions is unsubstantiated speculation and simply wrong."

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