SANZAR at loggerheads over new Super Rugby franchise

Liam Napier A decision on Super Rugby's Asian expansion could require mediation, with Australia and South Africa expected to butt heads over whether Singapore or Japan gains inclusion.


SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

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Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

Why Australia may be the saviour of SANZAR

Bill Pulver.

Marc Hinton With the southern hemisphere alliance facing increased pressure to gain a bigger slice of the broadcasting pie, it's worth asking what Australian rugby brings to the table.


Cheika confirms SANZAR investigation as Waratahs hit by injuries

Under investigation: Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he had been contacted by SANZAR and notified of the complaint against him by South African broadcaster Super Sport.


ACT Brumbies finalise Anzac Day submission to SANZAR

The Brumbies celebrate a try against the Reds.

David Polkinghorne Should the nation's capital have its own Anzac Day footy clash?

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SANZAR can't stop us singing our anthems

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Chris Wilson SANZAR will not allow national anthems on Anzac Day, but who is to stop fans singing?


Former Wallaby Greg Martin blasts SANZAR's indecision over Anzac Day


David Polkinghorne Former Wallaby Greg Martin says giving the ACT Brumbies a permanent Anzac Day fixture is a no-brainer.


SANZAR block national anthems at Brumbies' Anzac Day match

Nic White and Scott Fardy wearing the Brumbies' Anzac jersey.

Chris Wilson, David Polkinghorne SANZAR have put a massive dampener on the ACT Brumbies' Anzac Day commemoration by banning the Australian and New Zealand national anthems before the grand final rematch against the Waikato Chiefs at...

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SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

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Spiro Zavos The SANZAR ruling on Michael Cheika's misconduct is not a case of the punishment fitting the crime; it is a case of a minor misdemeanor, at worst, being trumped up as a crime to fit a determination...

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SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

Spiro Zavos The quest for an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 involves a weird combination of Waiting For Godot and herding cats.

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Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

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Paul Cully It is not often that Richie McCaw is trampled as he was by Irish prop Cian Healy in the All Blacks’ 24-22 win against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

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Henry in hot water with SANZAR


SANZAR has brought a misconduct complaint against Blues assistant coach Graham Henry following his provocative criticism of Super Rugby match officials.

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SANZAR call on refs likely to hit home


Spiro Zavos On Monday SANZAR announced, in a travesty of an even-playing-field policy, the match officials for the Bulls-Brumbies Super Rugby semi-final.

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SANZAR considering splitting Super Rugby in 2016


Georgina Robinson Australia and New Zealand would form their own Australasian rugby competition under an alternative to Super Rugby being considered for 2016 and beyond.

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Judiciary bungling could soon be history with SANZAR revamp

Greg Growden.

Greg Growden Every Super Rugby team has its SANZAR judicial atrocity story. Past Waratahs officials still talk about when one of their star players escaped suspension because SANZAR officials couldn't find the...

SANZAR reserves judgment on Byrnes' ban


The Melbourne Rebels face an anxious wait for the outcome of Adam Byrnes' appeal against his 10-week Super Rugby ban, with the SANZAR appeals committee reserving its decision.

SANZAR seeks security report from Bulls on bottle-throwing incident


Greg Growden SANZAR have contacted Bulls officials demanding improvements in ground security after All Blacks hooker and Blues skipper Keven Mealamu was hit by a bottle during the team's win at Loftus Versfeld in...

SANZAR won't punish Ioane, Cooper over suggested Horne suspension


Ben Horne Queensland duo Quade Cooper and Digby Ioane have no case to answer after tweeting their suggested suspensions for NSW counterpart Rob Horne.

ACT robbed: SANZAR

Wynand Olivier tackled by Christian Lealiifano and Pat McCabe during the Super Rugby Round 9 match between Vodacom Bulls and Brumbies from Loftus Versfeld on April 21, 2012 in  South Africa.

Crystal Ja SANZAR officials have all but accepted responsibility for a farcical refereeing blunder that cost the ACT Brumbies victory in Sunday's 36-34 Super Rugby defeat to the Bulls, labelling CJ Stander's...

ARU bids for 2017 Lions tour-opener

George North.

Jim Morton The Australian Rugby Union is attempting to lure the British and Irish Lions back for a money-spinning kick-off to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.