Mandela death could disrupt Super Rugby

MARC HINTON
Last updated 05:00 30/06/2013

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Wellington's Vaea Fifita signs three-year Super Rugby deal with Hurricanes Crusaders search for new general manager Super Rugby crisis looms as Japan struggles with expansion franchise Chiefs sign New Zealand Under-20s captain Atu Moli on two-year deal Chiefs still have five holes to fill in their 2016 squad Ex-Wallabies coach Eddie Jones in talks with Super Rugby side the Stormers Tana Umaga's coaching group falling into place at the Blues Tana Umaga names All Blacks analyst Alistair Rogers as defence coach at Blues New Zealand Warrior Glen Fisiiahi signs for Super Rugby side Chiefs Crowley lands assistant's job with Rebels

Sanzar bosses are aware of a potentially massive disruption to the end of the Super Rugby season should Nelson Mandela fail to recover from his illness.

The 94-year-old remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital.

It has been reported widely in the republic that when the great former South African president dies there will be an official 10-day period of mourning which could see all sport in the country put on hold.

It has the potential to wreak havoc with the closing stages of Super Rugby which has two more rounds of the regular season to run, before a further three weeks of playoffs. There is no room on the calendar for games to be postponed.

Sanzar chief executive Greg Peters told Fairfax Media: "It's not appropriate to think about rugby issues when we're all so worried about the health and wellbeing of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and everyone in South Africa, rather than focusing on any rugby issues." 

Ad Feedback

- Sunday Star Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content