We all know the Adelaide Aardvaarks was only a matter of time in materialising.When Cheika was Wallabies boss, Australian Super Rugby teams could have been almost anywhere, from Brisbane to Buenos Aires, Pretoria to Perth. Sometimes Cheika would fly to New Zealand to watch a Super Rugby game from the stands.
He says a 12-week domestic competition, with five teams, is far more beneficial for a national coach who can see local players pitted against one another more often.
Every week is effectively a Wallabies audition, and Cheika says adding a sixth team wouldn’t be farfetched if a similar model is explored in the future.
“I’m very pro the Australian tournament and have been for many years,” Cheika said. “Our own competition gives us a bit more pride about the games we’re playing here. I think it’s great the Western Force are back in and playing. They did a really amazing job last year and I’m not just spinning it because I really think they came back in and they were competitive in all the games.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Australian team soon. I know we’re talking about going less, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another in years to come. Then you could have three games every week and that leads into a bigger tournament with the New Zealand teams. The world has gone a bit flatter, so everything is on the table.
“It’s a great way for the national coach to be able to see his competition players against each other week in, week out. It gives you a bit more control. It gives our lads a bit more swagger when they’re playing against each other.”
Watched the first game at the pub last night, nice change to not ask the barman to sift through to channel 538 on Foxtel to find the rugby rather than the ad nauseam league channel.
Now its FTA and was on front and centre.
League seems to be having a fit though and doesn't like our early start unchallenged and with the same network as Mr Gamble Vlandys had a hissy..
Despite Cvnt McCvntface Vlandys...is been really good so far IMHO, magazine show on Tuesday, bit of eye candy with the blonde, McCardle back, no Kearns, 10 bucks a month plus FTA game.Super Rugby blackout for pubs and clubs after Tabcorp tears up deal with Stan Sport
By Michael Chammas and Adam Pengilly
February 19, 2021 — 9.30pm
The majority of Super Rugby matches will not be aired in pubs and clubs around Australia after a deal between Stan Sport and Sky Channel was pulled on the eve of the first game of the season.
Sources with knowledge of negotiations told the Herald the deal was scuppered at the 11th hour after a Tabcorp senior executive learnt Sky Channel had reached an agreement without the consent of its parent company, Tabcorp.
Super Rugby returned on Friday night, but viewers will be limited due to a deal scuppered at the 11th hour.
Equally, Tabcorp officials were concerned that Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys, a key partner of the wagering giant, had not been consulted prior to the deal being brokered.
Industry sources say V’landys, who is also the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, had not vetoed the deal. However, they say he was unhappy about Sky Channel’s agreement with Stan Sport as he believed it would have a negative impact on wagering.
A Tabcorp spokesperson said there had been an agreement in place with Stan Sport but that it was subject to internal approval and the company had decided not to proceed. Free-to-air matches on Nine will still be available at pubs and clubs.
The news comes just a week after V’landys complained to Nine Entertainment Co, the owner of Stan and the publisher of this masthead, about the lack of promotion for the upcoming NRL season in comparison to the rebranded Super Rugby competition, which started on Friday night. V’landys did not want to comment when contacted on Friday night.<cvnt>
Peter V’landys was not impressed after learning Sky almost had struck a deal with Stan.
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan told the Herald he was surprised by the reaction to the deal, which was torn up the night before the first game of the season, between the Reds and the Waratahs.
"I would have thought the more sport the better for all the punters," McLennan said. "It's all upside to me. I'm surprised that a resurgent rugby has created such a drama."<no youre not hes a cvnt>
Nine Entertainment Co remains optimistic of striking a deal to beam matches into pubs and clubs, despite the resistance from Tabcorp and Racing NSW.
"We’re really keen to get Stan Sports into pubs and clubs and we’re working on a deal," a Nine spokesperson said. "We hope to have that concluded soon. We’re still working on a deal. We’re disappointed it wasn’t completed for tonight’s game but we’re hopeful it will come to fruition soon."
The Reds and Waratahs match was played on Nine’s secondary channel, Gem, but the Force-Brumbies match late Friday night was shown on the recently launched Stan Sports service.
Sports and racing codes can have their vision beamed into pubs and clubs via satellite through one of three organisations: Foxtel, Sky Channel or Optus.
Foxtel had recently surrendered the rugby rights to Stan, and Optus has only limited service and venues throughout Australia, leaving Sky Channel as the most suitable alternative for Rugby Australia.
Australian Hotels Association chief executive Stephen Ferguson said he was surprised a deal had not been struck well before las night’s season-opening game.
“Since before Christmas and into the new year I’ve been in contact with Rugby Australia and advised them they hadn’t ensured that this key market and their long-standing supporters would be catered for,” Ferguson said.
"I'm not aware of any other major sport who would not have plans to get their vision to hundreds of thousands of eyeballs who have supported their product for their last 20 years."
Nine Entertainment Co signed a $100 million three-year deal with Rugby Australia in November, which included a two-year extension option for the broadcaster.