Why players are leaving SA

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Feb 05, 2020, 17:11

February 4th, 2020 Nine in 10 South African players are signing a deal to play professional rugby overseas within the next two years, or are at least considering the possibility.

This is according to the results of a survey conducted by MyPlayers (the players’ organisation for all professional rugby players in South Africa) that were published in a ‘Voice 2019’ report.

For the statistics in the table below, players were asked to mark only the most appropriate answer to why they were leaving the country, thus to select just one option.

Transformation and South Africa’s political situation were deliberately specified as distinct options to prevent ambiguity in interpreting the political situation as an approximation for transformation systems.

The results clearly show the percentage of players who regard the two distinct options as their primary reason for signing an overseas deal.

The political situation encompasses many aspects of South African life, which includes unstable electricity supply, drought management, economic and political volatility, protests, and the exchange rate.

The report noted that for players earning pounds and euros, a weaker local currency is an advantage.

Money 51%

Political situation 18%

Experience different cultures 10%

Transformation 9%

Game time 8%

Other 4%

Feb 05, 2020, 17:43

Europe has changed the face of the game with rich billionaires owning the rugby clubs as toys. 

They don't need to make a profit, instead, they just want the fame of being in the newspapers.

Even New Zealand is losing a higher % of their players than ever before, and they do not have transformation. electricity problems, and African violence or Communist politics

Feb 05, 2020, 17:45

True the Kiwi’s are feeling it to. They will need to change their policy of not selecting overseas based players unless they have already

No doubt Oz is feeling it to

Feb 05, 2020, 21:54

Dave I think this is the soccer model....rugby is coalescing where the money flows. Yes South Africa is uniquely vulnerable because of the currency and the dreadful politics....leaving young men thinking about lives abroad. But Oz and NZ are also increasingly vulnerable.

In 10 years Super Rugby will be a an entry level competition...and European club rugby will be where it’s at. But if we are smart and still select overseas players to the National team....the RC will still be the highest quality international tournament, regardless of what the Pom commentators say. These teams dominate the WC.

The question for South Africa is whether to switch to the European leagues....which isn’t very clear yet.

Feb 05, 2020, 22:39

Agreed Moz, we have witnessed a massive decline in the standard of the Lions and Bulls squads this season already, when you consider 35 year olds and older are making their starting sides.

This of course might change as the season progresses and we see what the younger squad members have to offer after the coaches lose faith in these geriatrics thanks to a list of poor results.

The draw to join the NH competitions is an interesting one. From a selfish point of view I’d love it. I’d love to take a trip to London on a weekly basis to watch the likes of the Sharks, Bulls etc taking on Saracens, Quins etc

Bring it on I say!!

Feb 06, 2020, 17:20

South Africa is still a great place...if you've got money, but it's getting exceedingly difficult to do business and make a living in South Africa. The ANC is destroying the middle class.

Feb 06, 2020, 18:13

Rugby players at top level have the best of both worlds without the fear of losing their assets...what a pleasure to make good money overseas and get paid in foreign currency (itself is a big gain on the fast diminishing rand) and invest it in the global market. They can then come over and play for the national side or franchises if good enough in opposite seasons between north and south.

If eventually when the inevitable will happen they are still financially secure and can still visit on holidays later on if they so wish...what a pleasure.

Feb 06, 2020, 19:33

There are no opposite seasons anymore - rugby is played 10 months of the year now

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