Following New Zealand’s announcement to create a new competition from 2021, the repercussions were not long in coming. First, Australia Rugby released a statement acknowledging the position of the New Zealanders and showing their interest in working together and constructively. However, later it was historic Wallabies player David Campese who raised his voice.
“Let the kiwis organize their own competition if they think we have let them down,” the world champion began in his social networks in 1991. He continued: “Well … Maybe it’s because of all the coaches they sent us to teach us how to play structured rugby. We ourselves need to find our way with the future in mind. “
It is worth recalling what were the words used by the Australian rugby regulator: “New Zealand Rugby’s preferred position is recognized, following its announcement of a possible future provincial competition starting in 2021 and we look forward to working constructively with New Zealand Rugby in the upcoming weeks”.
“We will continue conversations with stakeholders in our sport and are constantly consulting our valued SANZAAR Joint Venture partners.”
Thus, what the organization established was that, as a result of the impacts of the pandemic, it recognizes that it is necessary to review the sustainability and practicality of the current Super Rugby competition and consider alternative models that are the best interests from 2021 onwards.