After five disputed dates of Super Rugby Aotearoa, some figures from the New Zealand franchises demonstrated and assured that the competition is unsustainable.
It is practically impossible to imagine that the Super Rugby originally played between teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Jaguars from Argentina will take place again. What can be expected is that from 2021 New Zealand teams could organize a competition with Australia and some Pacific team.
Although he is also forging the idea that New Zealand goes its own way and continues to organize its own tournament independently of the others. Based on this idea, Brad Weber and Bryn Hall, Chiefs and Crusaders players respectively gave their opinion on the matter.
“I think the beauty of Super Rugby is that we have all these different teams from around the world. In fact, I really enjoy that part,” said Weber. He also added: “Going to Africa for two weeks, especially as a young boy, is a great learning experience, it is a way to connect with peers.”
Finally he said: “Playing matches between New Zealand teams all the time is probably not sustainable around the well-being of the players, the demand is very high.”
Bryn Hall agreed with Weber that Super Rugby Aotearoa is not the way to go, but admitted that he is not sure how a new competition should be structured.
“I think as a consumer, if you’re New Zealander, you love to see it. Super Rugby Aotearoa fills stadiums all weekends and provides quality rugby. But it is difficult, and I don’t think it is sustainable to compete only with New Zealand teams, “Hall said.
To conclude, the Crusaders scrum half said: “I think whatever the decision made, it just has to be a competition that is competitive, all the teams that are available.”