Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Tuesday Dec 1, 2020

IRFU back South African teams to join expanded PRO14 as they want more competition

IRFU back South African teams to join expanded PRO14 as they want more competition

There are reports that South African teams could join an expanded Pro14 as early as the end of this month in an effort to boost the competitiveness of the league.

ADVERTISEMENT

Earlier this year, the four South African Super Rugby franchises not currently in the Pro14 (Sharks, Stormers, Lions and the Bulls) announced their intention to join the northern hemisphere competition next year amid seemingly stalling negotiations between them and the Super Rugby organisers.

Should that move come off, it would mean fresh competition for the existing Pro14 teams, something which Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) Performance Director David Nucifora welcomes.

So far this season, Irish teams have fared far better in the table than the Welsh, Scottish and Italian teams, with Ulster, Munster and Leinster unbeaten in their matches to date.

Of those matches, many of them have been comfortable victories, with Munster’s 54-3 win over Zebre and Ulster’s 43-14 away triumph against Edinburgh last weekend yet more proof of the disparity in performance levels.

“As you well know, (we’ve) been speaking with Pro14 now for a period of time to try find solutions,” Nucifora said.

“The IRFU would be very supportive of South Africa entering the Pro14 competition, and potentially making it a Pro16.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We think that Irish Rugby needs to be ambitious, we think that the Pro14 needs to be ambitious, and we think that having those four, strong South African teams enter our competition will help develop the game in the Pro14. It will help develop Irish Rugby, it will help develop Irish players, by stretching us, by challenging us, by challenging both our teams and challenging our players.

“I think that’s what high performing athletes want, they want to be challenged. Hopefully the right commercial outcomes can be achieved for the South Africans to become a part of the Pro14, to join and make it a Pro16.”

Time will surely tell if the four South African franchises will make the switch to the Pro14 next year, but it does hold some logic to the argument of a need for greater competition within the league.

Leinster have been the dominant force in recent years, securing their seventh title and third in a row last year, with Irish provinces winning 12 titles in 19 seasons.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED VIEWING:

Video Spacer

 

Related Articles

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    James Lowe impresses with all-round performance...

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    De Allende back to full fitness ahead of...

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    'More young Irish players should take foreign...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The Victor Vito offload fans have been raving about in Champions Cup quarter-final

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    MUST WATCH: Awesome compilation of the best tries ever scored at the Millennium Stadium

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Awesome compilation showcases the GREATEST tries ever scored at Twickenham

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 21 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bizarre standoff in Super Rugby tests players on their rulebook knowledge

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Flanker has HOWLER in Super Rugby Aotearoa after butchering awesome solo try

View All

Amateur

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
IRFU back South African teams to join expanded PRO14 as they want more competition | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos