- As SA rugby moves to determine which franchises will go to Europe in the future, Razi Erasmus has recorded a number of achievements for the local game if that route is followed.
- The national director of rugby believes that PRO rugby is competitive in the high rankings of Wales, Ireland and Scotland and that fans will eventually recognize it in the tournament.
- Erasmus admits there are problems, but did not elaborate.
Razi Erasmus believes he is abandoning the determination (politics) that the South African franchises may end up in the PRO14 tournament, which has been extended to the General Council of SN Rugby, but that the local game has various advantages to go north.
The federation’s highest decision-making committee meets Tuesday as the SAA’s six franchises have to be reduced to four.
Cheetahs are widely expected to face the guillotine along with the liquidated Southern Kings.
Erasmus, the national director of rugby, reiterated that South Africa was not making a strong case for joining Europe and had not given any official confirmation that “I will not go into the many problems I can tell you”. Has been provided so far.
“Please don’t quote me, this is the way to go,” the World Cup-winning coach said with a smile.
“The first advantage, as a fan, is that you’ll see the game at the same time zone. In the afternoon you will see it, and there will be a few beers with Bray and mates. It makes a difference.”
However, as it has become clear over the years, one major advantage is that the South African teams will not have previous travel challenges.
“As coaches and players, you can get on a plane, sleep on it, and play the next day,” Erasmus said.
“It’s good, for broadcasting and for your own planning. You have regular flights everywhere you go.”
The 47-year-old PRO, who has been successful as Ireland’s director of rugby, has also calmed down questions about the competitiveness of rugby, and fears from some quarters that Australian teams still represent good opposition.
“You usually play against the best players in the top ranked countries in the world. I don’t want to make it a code of conduct because we were seventh, ”Erasmus said.
When you think about where Argentina and Australia are right now, they are tenth and seventh, respectively. Ireland remain in the top four. Wales have always been in the top five. Even Scotland remains very competitive.
Pierre Showman is one of the various South Africans to illuminate PRO14 (Getty Images).
“Those are the benefits. I can tell you about a lot of problems, but, in my opinion, the moment people get to know the players who play there, they will find that there are a lot of South Africans in those leagues.
“They will see that those players are very good and stand close to Test match rugby.”