Super Rugby revamp is ‘due in November’
No details have been released but one possibility is reportedly a 20-team, four-conference format featuring at least one US side
Plans for Super Rugby’s latest format revamp should be finalised in November, New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said on Monday. The southern hemisphere competition’s governing body, Sanzaar, has spent more than a year developing a blueprint to ensure Super Rugby’s long-term future when the current broadcast deal expires in 2020. Tew said the Sanzaar board hopes to sign off on the plans when it meets in London in November. "At the moment our goal is to determine the final structure and make-up of Super Rugby in November… that’s the timetable we’re working to. I’ve said it before and been wrong but that’s what we’re hoping for." Tew was tight-lipped about the options being considered, saying debate is continuing between Sanzaar’s four member nations: SA, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. "We’ve got four countries that all have different imperatives and positions and it’s not helpful to have that conversation in the public domain," he said. The decisions will be crucial to the surviv...