Rugby Australia responds to New Zealand Rugby's proposal of revamped Super Rugby model

Australian players are currently participating in Super Rugby AU tournament
Australian players are currently participating in Super Rugby AU tournament
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Rugby Australia has acknowledged New Zealand Rugby's proposal of a revamped Super Rugby model for the 2021 season.

Following a review conducted after the outbreak of Covid-19 that disrupted the 2020 season, NZR said they are looking for a new format of Super Rugby season next year will see South African teams and Argentina's Jaguares dropped.

The new format proposed is set to have five local New Zealand teams along with four from Australia and one from Pacific.

"Rugby Australia acknowledges New Zealand Rugby’s preferred position following their announcement today regarding a potential future provincial competition from 2021 and look forward to working constructively with New Zealand Rugby in the coming weeks," read a statement from Rugby Australia.

"Rugby Australia will also continue its discussions with stakeholders in Australia and is in constant consultation with our valued SANZAAR Joint Venture partners.

"Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rugby Australia recognises that there is a need to review the sustainability and practicality of the current Super Rugby competition and consider alternative models that are in the best interests of Australian Rugby from 2021 and beyond."

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