Chavhanga comments on Euro expansion
EXCLUSIVE: SA Rugby’s reasons for wanting to have teams competing in the European leagues have been questions by former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga.
Chavhanga, who represented Newport Gwent Dragons in the PRO14 in 2011, called the reasons given ‘nonsense’.
“It will be really sad for us to not have that competition against the New Zealand and Australian teams because traditionally, everybody wants to watch those games. Taking that away is going to be tough on our rugby but, from a financial point of view, it makes sense for us to go north in terms of time zones and all that kind of things.
“As far as the future of our rugby, if you think about how many of our players are playing for European clubs, if we play against each other we will have a much bigger pool to choose from.
“Why would SA Rugby then say that you can’t pick guys from Europe when we are playing in a European competition. I think it would better for us as a whole but it would really be a shame to not be playing against New Zealand sides.
“When SARU came out saying that ‘we not doing well in Super Rugby, so we going to take two teams out so that we can have stronger sides, I knew they were talking nonsense,” Chavhanga said.
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