Rugby Australia issued a concise statement following New Zealand’s announcement to create a new competition starting in 2021:
“Rugby Australia recognizes New Zealand Rugby’s preferred position, 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 coming weeks.
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 the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rugby Australia recognizes 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 beginning in 2021 and beyond. “