February 25, 2012
South Africa's Super rugby teams could be playing for their place in next year's competition after the country decided to include a new franchise in 2013.
While the South African Rugby Union hoped that the Southern Kings would simply be added to the championship, making it a Super 16 two years after its was extended to 15 teams, tournament organisers SANZAR have ruled out another expansion at this stage.
That means six South African teams will line up for five spots in 2013, raising the possibility of relegation this year and causing unrest and reportedly a boycott threat from the existing outfits.
SARU denied the reports and will continue to lobby SANZAR to include all six South African teams, but the southern hemisphere body has shown no sign it will compromise.