New Zealand Rugby revealed plans to leave out South African Super Rugby teams and Argentina's Jaguares from next year to make the competition more competitive.
The pandemic coronavirus has hit the 2020 Super Rugby season with the tournament suspended since March but with situation improving, both New Zealand and Australia had their own Super Rugby competitions underway leaving out Jaguares and South African teams due to travel restrictions and logistical problems.
Earlier, in April the NZR conducted a review on the structure of Super Rugby and are now planning to include five teams from New Zealand, one from Pacific and four from Australia in the revised format leave the future of Jaguares and South African teams uncertain.
"We want teams that are competitive and that fans will want to watch go head-to-head, week-in, week-out," chief executive Mark Robinson said.
"We have a huge amount of sympathy for what's happening to rugby in Argentina and South Africa and their inability to play at the moment and the uncertainty that's creating".
Japan's Sunwolves were earlier announced to be axed from the competition at the end of the 2020 season but was forced to made an early exit following the outbreak of Covid-19.