O’Neill slams Saru

ARU chief John O’Neill says Sanzar’s failure to reach an agreement over the Super 14 play-off extension is due to Saru’s refusal to play ball.

Acting Saru MD announced this week that no resolution had been reached after the three Sanzar unions met to discuss the future of the Super 14. O’Neill believes the South Africans are halting the evolution of the regional competition.

“It’s not a good look, in my view. We’re talking about the future of Sanzar, were talking about going to a Super 15, Super 18 down the track, and we couldn’t even agree to a format of a six-team finals series. It has damaged our credibility with our broadcasters,” O’Neill said.

The three unions did agree to retain the laws used in this year’s Super 14 and Tri-Nations competitions for the corresponding tournaments in 2009. This will see the Boks playing under one set of laws in the Super 14 and then another in the British & Irish Lions series.