Eligibility thresholds ('Giteau Law' type rules)

  • South Africa Rugby has announced big changes. See this article on the SARU website: http://www.sarugby.co.za/article.aspx?category=sarugby&pcurr=1&id=4482844

    Dozens of home-based players will be taken into Springbok succession planning next year as part of a radical new contracting strategy announced by SA Rugby on Saturday.
    Players will be ranked by position – with next generation talent also brought into a significantly widened pool – and those who are playing their trade in South will be paid exclusively by their provinces – with a contribution funded by SA Rugby.
    Going hand-in-hand with the policy is the intention to formally scrap the 30-cap rule for overseas-based players.
    The regulation was put in place at the start of the 2017 season and stipulates that only players with 30 or more Springbok caps would be eligible for national selection if they were playing for an overseas-based team.
    And SA Rugby has written to the leading foreign clubs and leagues (as well as advising other nations) that it will strictly enforce the requirements of World Rugby’s Regulation 9, which prescribes when and how frequently club players must be released for international duty.
    “A South African player can earn more from a two-month contract in Japan than he can if he were to win the World Cup with the Springboks this year. That’s the reality we have to face up to.
    “In recent years we have focused on trying to retain a small number of high profile players. But it has been a small group and many of those players end up leaving anyway. Last season those contracted players only appeared for 38 percent of their available time.
    “Once we have done our work, the new strategy could see as many as 75 players in Springbok succession planning and being financially rewarded for it.
    “We had to disrupt the model.”
    Erasmus explained the new strategy also involved direct communication with the overseas contracting clubs.
    “We have told the overseas clubs that we will be enforcing Regulation 9 and will be requiring our players for up to 14 weeks of the year. If the clubs don’t like that then they have the option of not signing the player.”
    However, he said the greatest advantage of the new system was more effective succession planning.

  • Careful what you wish for...

  • It was interesting how they are planning to rigidly enforce the WR windows, which will mean players travelling all over the place from EU to SA/NZ/etc. They're trying to make it painful to have a Bok player, and thus reduce their value to NH clubs. But I guess there is going to be some tired and pissed off players travelling back and forth until an equilibrium gets worked out. How many Boks will just turn down non RWC years, to save their bodies for where they really make the money?

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