Former All Black backs South Africa’s Jan Super15 start

Former All Black Richard Turner says that he can see the merits behind South Africa’s desire to start the Super 15 in January in order to protect their domestic competition the Currie Cup.

In contrast to Australia and New Zealand South Africa want the new  Super 15 to start in January as they do not want to move the Currie Cup which is the world’s oldest rugby tournament.

Australia and New Zealand want the new tournament to start in March and finish in August but this would disrupt South Africa lucrative and very successful Currie Cup of which they have already sold the TV rights from 2011.

Turner told Newstalkzb that he believes New Zealanders will identify with the desire to look after grassroots and says that there is criticism in New Zealand that Super Rugby has come at the expense of the NPC.

Turner says the only real beneficiaries in Super Rugby have been the Australians.

He says that is why Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill is always pushing for more teams and a bigger competition as there is no domestic rugby in Australia.

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