So I have been looking at this for some time now to try and figure out how we can continue to keep rugby in SA alive.
By some chance, we were able to stumble on a format that might just work and ensure that all of our regions have the opportunity to participate and develop their rugby.
I also feel really sorry for the Cheetahs that they now have to get the chop, yet again, but think there is a better way in how we could do this.
So my question is, why not keep the Unlock + Currie Cup format as is.
Play home and away league format with the teams we have right now. Which is 12 games
Number 1 and 2 can have a Currie Cup final, no need for Semis etc.
The top 4 teams go on to play in Europes Pro 16.
Those are normally 14 games that the play, but just carrie the points over that you have already accumulated during the qualifying rounds.
For the 3 teams that did not qualify will then go into our own SA local competition. Given that we have 14 provinces, it will be a league of 10 teams with 18 home and away games. The top 3 teams of this league will then qualify to participate in. our local comp that will qualify to play in Europe.
But further to this, I would put some serious salary capping in place and limit how many contracted players each union can have.
I would allow the union to at least have 10 players where there is no salary cap that applies and if they qualify to play in Europe this cap can be increased.
We saw what is going on at. WP and even the lions were nearly bankrupt.
My end goal is to reward those unions that produce talented players from their youth structures and prevent poaching, like we've seen from the bulls and sharks and ensure that all the players in the local provinces want to represent their province first.
Create a healthy local comp