De Klerk: The European currency is making it difficult to stay in Super Rugby. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – The financial power of European Rugby clubs could heavily influence the current Sanzaar deal which expires in 2020 according to Lions president Kevin de Klerk.

A report over the weekend in the UK publication the Daily Telegraph, said SA rugby sides may withdraw from Super Rugby to play in Europe, despite Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos rubbishing such claims.

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“Maybe ultimately, the millions of pounds on offer in Europe will influence the decision,” De Klerk told the Daily Telegraph.

“There is nothing concrete at the moment. When this broadcasting deal comes to an end, there’s going to need to be some close negotiations with Sanzaar.

“From my point of view, I would like to see South Africa remain in Super Rugby, but the European currency is making it difficult.” 

African News Agency (ANA)

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