Yeah, no.Fluke win by the Lions, tough road ahead for them.
I see the Crusader identity is attacked world-wide, many schools, colleges and universities carrying the moniker are changing their identity. This is political, and in my opinion it is stupid.I agree. Calling off the game was fine but changing their identity is going overboard.
Japan’s ground-breaking Sunwolves team are set to be axed from Super Rugby, a report said on Wednesday, as the governing body prepared to make an announcement about the competition’s future.
Seems they will be the victim of finances. SA teams unhappy with the travel and all of the teams not impressed that they are still propping them up as Japanese companies have not come on board as hoped.Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said the Sunwolves would be sacrificed as the 15-team, globe-crossing tournament reverts to 14 sides and a round-robin format, ditching its unpopular conference system.
The unsourced report came as governing body SANZAAR (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby) said it would make a statement on the “future of Super Rugby” on Friday.
The Telegraph said Sunwolves officials and players were told about the decision on Tuesday, leaving them “devastated”.
A spokeswoman for the Tokyo-based team told AFP: “We are still waiting for Friday’s official announcement and at this stage have no comment to make.”
Rugby: Sunwolves set to be culled from Super Rugby: reports
The word will be given on Friday, but I believe they are already on the chopping block. The Sunwolves will probably look at playing in another competition. That SA is leading the charge to have them cut is no secret, it was rumoured so last year also with many pundits, having insider knowledge, supporting the cut.The Sunwolves' run in Super Rugby is set to end next year, according to multiple reports Wednesday from Australia.
No official comment was available from either the team or SANZAAR -- the body that runs the Southern Hemisphere tournament -- but it is believed organizers have voted to restore the competition to a 14-team round-robin event once the current broadcast agreement ends in 2020.
A Sunwolves spokesman told Kyodo News before the team flew from Tokyo to Singapore for Saturday's game against the Lions from South Africa that "there was a phone hook up with SANZAAR today. Decision will be announced Friday afternoon." But there was no further comment from the side.
SANZAAR later put out a press release saying "Please be advised that SANZAAR will issue an official statement on the future of the Super Rugby tournament on Friday 22 March at 2 p.m Sydney local time. SANZAAR and its stakeholders will not be making any comment on Super Rugby until the statement has been released."
While the move had been predicted by many, the team had hoped their competitive start to the 2019 season would earn a reprieve.
However, it appears the South African influence is such that Australia, New Zealand and Argentina have all caved in.
The South African teams have long cited their displeasure with the travel time to Japan and lack of interest in their games, in part due to the time difference.
In order to appease the South African sides, the Sunwolves played three "home" games a year in Singapore, but the poor crowds at the Singapore National Stadium are now being used as some as a reason for culling the team.
Displeasure at Japan's support for France over South Africa in the bidding war for Rugby World Cup 2023 is also believed to have played a role.
According to a report in The Australian, the Sunwolves were also unhappy at being asked to pay a Super Rugby participation fee, something that is not asked of other franchises.
Unimpressed of what? This has nothing to do with the Japanese companies, most people are speaking out of their asses in this regard. This is also the first year that the Sunwolves are being paid by their own franchise, previously they relied on the Top League franchise for paying the salary of their own players playing in Super Rugby. The majority of Top League players are also full-time company employees, hence being amateur players and not available for a season of Super Rugby.Sunwolves punted in revamped Super Rugby competition
Seems they will be the victim of finances. SA teams unhappy with the travel and all of the teams not impressed that they are still propping them up as Japanese companies have not come on board as hoped.
On a positive note, I do hope they revert back to a simplified round-robin format.
The only failure of the Asian market is the hosting of games in Singapore, a decision made by SANZAAR themselves and then still insisting on keeping Singapore in the rotation when even the broadcasters said it is a failure. It may be that SANZAAR has a 5-year exclusive deal with Singapore which isn't easy to terminate without consequence. Tokyo in % attendance is more successful than most franchises.“All of the participating nations in Super Rugby have been financially propping up the Sunwolves in the hopes of luring more revenue from the untapped Asian market,” the report said.
“It had been hoped that after two or three seasons, cashed up Japanese companies would back the Sunwolves and make them independently sustainable, but that has not materialised.”
They won't have much motivation when their termination is announced tomorrow. Besides they had a stronger team last week, on paper, and lost to a Reds team resting some players. Their heads weren’t in that game, they didn’t display the continuity they had in their previous rounds and I doubt that they will against the Lions unless the Lions are really poor, and poorer than them, on the day.Hoping the Sunwolves use this as motivation this Saturday as I've picked them over the Lions
Rugby: Japan's Sunwolves officially cut from Super Rugby after 2020
Seeing this I don't even want to know why they want to begin a second-tier competition, because who is going to pay? The US, Japan and Hong Kong have no reason to invest in Super Rugby, the Participation Fee because that money will go to the premier teams, there are other alternatives available today and will the islanders accept anything else but premier Super Rugby…The Sunwolves' Super Rugby exit was confirmed Friday, due apparently to a failure to agree on financial terms with the tournament organizers who made clear they view the immediate future of the competition as "a 14-team, round robin, competition format."
At the heart of the problem was a fee the Japan Rugby Football Union was unwilling to pay to remain in the competition.
"An agreement for a new contract after 2021 could not be reached due to the newly proposed financial conditions, which was difficult to agree on," the JRFU said in a press release.
A source has confirmed that tournament organizers SANZAAR demanded the Japanese team pay 1 billion yen (around $9 million) per year in participation and other fees, something no other franchises have been asked to pay.
"According to the proposed financial conditions, the Japan Super Rugby Association and the JRFU shall provide a substantial amount of additional funding, which has posed a concern about not only huge impacts that would be suffered by the future operation of both JSRA and JRFU, but also obstacles caused to the whole activity of Japanese rugby," the sport's governing body in Japan said.
The revised format will come into operation and kick off in 2021, meaning the Japanese side will play out this season and the next, when a clash with the Top League means there is no certainty who will even pull on a Sunwolves jersey.
"On behalf of the whole Sunwolves family we are obviously very disappointed by this decision," said Sunwolves CEO Yuji Watase. "The Sunwolves have been involved in Super Rugby since 2016 and remain a very important piece in the high-performance landscape for rugby in Japan."