CAR Propose to Expand Africa Rugby Tier 1A to Six Teams

The Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) has come out with a suggestion to increase the number of teams playing in Africa Rugby tier 1A to increase to six.

Previously, story only four teams have been taking part in the premier league but the unions, in a letter dated October  12th, 2016 wrote to four rugby federations notifying them of the changes.

The six federations whose teams will be eligible to play in the new proposed format of the tier 1A league include Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe (who were supposed to be relegated to tier 1B), Senagal and Tunusia (the latter two won promotion to tier IA).

“Rugby Africa is planning its 2017 season and seeks to develop a more attractive competition for commercial and media partners whilst at the same time offering you more game time,” reads part of the statement.

According to the statement, the union is in advance talks with a potential broadcaster to telecast the games and the format will see each team play at least five games.

“The competition will be played on a home and away basis but the number of teams involved will increase from 4 to 6,” the statement further reads.

A total of 15 matches will be played with each team playing a total of five games. According to the new format that is expected to start next year, the top three teams will enjoy advantage of hosting three games home, travelling twice.

The sixth team at the end of the season will be relegated to tier 1B while the top team in tier 1B will be promoted to 1A. The Union will maintain facilitation of 23 players and 3 staff members per team in every game and extra funds for a hosting team to cater for the visiting team.


Each team will be required to pay $10,000 for participation. However the format is dependant on the reply from the unions that have been written to.

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