Saru concerned about commercial restrictions

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Wednesday said it will raise concerns around the Rugby World Cup's...

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The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Wednesday said it will raise concerns around the Rugby World Cup's commercial restrictions but only in the right forum.

Saru Deputy President Mark Alexander has told Eyewitness News , they did not agree with the timing of the New Zealand Rugby Union's ultimatum to the International Rugby Board (IRB).

New Zealand has threatened to withdraw the All Blacks from the next tournament unless the commercial model is reviewed, prompting an IRB executive to say that everyone is replaceable.

Alexander does not disagree with New Zealand's concerns but he does question the timing of the move.

The eyes of the rugby world are currently focused on the World Cup and the New Zealand Rugby Union's timing is giving the issue maximum exposure.

However, Alexander said there were other forums to do this.

"I think we have an opportunity when we have the IRB conference on 18 [October] to raise these issues," he said.

He said to raise the matter now takes away from a very well run tournament.

Although, the current commercial model which entails test schedules and sponsorships does need a review.