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Super Rugby Set For Dramatic Shake-Up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: The Super Rugby trophy sits on display during the Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s shock news from Paris, SANZAAR are proving they’re not ones to be out-done. News today from the New Zealand Herald reports that Australia and South Africa are both set to lose one franchise each. This would reduce Super Rugby from 18 to 16 teams.

According to the report, those in line for elimination are Port Elizabeth-based Kings and one of either Perth-based Force or the Melbourne Rebels. Teams from both countries have been performing poorly in the competition. The only team from South Africa to win the Super Rugby title are the Bulls, with wins in 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Brumbies, Reds and Waratahs have all brought the title to Australian shores.

The news has not gone down well in some quarters. Most fearing their local team might face the axe:

Some remain defiant:

However, others are welcoming the proposed downsizing:

Whereas some favour even more drastic change:

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