francoisfou wrote:How would you fancy the Bulls, Sharks, Lions and Stormers making a new Pro18?
I’d love to see them all in, but doing so at the expense of the Cheetahs would be a fucking disgrace. Haven’t seen anything official yet, but...
The Cheetahs signed up until 2023 and put their faith in PRO12 as was. Now I’m not daft enough to suggest morals and “rugby values” take precedence over a moderate increase in marketability over, say, the Lions, but booting out the cheetahs would be at best a mistake. PROrugby’s word would demonstrably not be its bond.
What ought to take precedence is the fact that the cheetahs signed up until 2023. They should sue for a shitload and put an injunction in in the meantime. To ditch the Cheetahs would make me nervous as a potential sponsor that any bargain I struck with PROrugby wouldn’t be worth the paper it was written on.
One of the other SARU teams should just suck it up and wait it out. Also, it might be portrayed as SARU selling out the cheetahs, but PROrugby’s hand is in this. Would not at all surprise me if PROrugby made sure that the SARU had to pretend to be the bad guys of it all as a condition of joining.
Time to go to court and not settle, Cheetahs*.
*if they did sign up until 2023. I’ll confess I haven’t seen the paperwork meself!