New Zealand look for 'more domestically related competitions' after South Africa's decision to exit Super Rugby

New Zealand had a successful Super Rugby Aotearoa competition this year
New Zealand had a successful Super Rugby Aotearoa competition this year
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New Zealand Rugby has said that they are looking for 'more domestically related competitions' next year following South Africa Rugby's decision to exit Super Rugby.

Following a voting process by provincial unions, it was decided that the four South African franchises Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers will be heading to Europe to join the Pro14 league.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said they are confident of having a local competition following the success of Super Rugby Aotearoa and is looking forward to play against the Springboks in the Rugby Championship in Australia.

“SARU has signalled for some time now they were looking at aligning with the northern hemisphere season,” said Robinson.

“All of the SANZAAR partners had agreed to look at more domestically related competitions in 2020 and 2021. During times like these change is inevitable and we need to be willing to adapt quickly.

“We were thrilled with how Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa was received this year and are excited about what is shaping up for 2021. We’re also pleased to hear confirmation of South Africa’s ongoing commitment to remain a key partner in SANZAAR, which strongly aligns with NZR’s position.

“We look forward to seeing the Springboks in action during the upcoming Rugby Championship in Australia.”