So it looks like we finally have some dates confirmed as to who would be playing who when.
The first 3 rounds just feel like we'll be watching some teams over and over.
I for one miss the super 12, the excitement and playing against the top Aus and NZ teams. I just wish we could go back to that format.
That said, I will just be happy to see our team compete internationally.
However, I am disappointed that we only have 4 teams. Would have love to see the cheetahs.
So Ire, Wales and SA has 4 teams, Scotland and Italy has 2 respectively but I just feel that SA has far more to offer and could field up to 6 teams. Namely adding the cheetahs and either the Pumas or Griquas, depending on who is the top team.
I do believe that our provinces are losing out, but I would have like to see a local league that is split into 2 with an 8 / 6 split.
SA teams would play a round of knockouts between the top 8, the top 5 qualify for Europe, play in the European league. The remaining 3 drop down and continue to play against our lower tier teams to qualify the following year for the top 8.
That way all of our teams will have a fair chance to play in an A league in SA that has value, bonus to qualify for Europe