For some weeks now, Australia and New Zealand have been “arguing” over the type of championship to take place from 2021.
New Zealand is absolutely sure that it does not want to include the five Aussie teams in its competition. The so-called tans-Tasman tournament would be made up of all the Kiwi teams plus two or three Australians and a team from the Pacific Islands.
Australia flatly refuses to accept this competition and ensures that if New Zealand does not change its mind, it will organize its own competition with its five teams and adopting a team from another country.
Rob Clarke, executive director of Rugby Australia assured in the last hours that they gave New Zealand a period of three weeks to answer and define the competition to play.
With the excuse of having to define television contracts, Clarke assured that they cannot wait much more than three weeks to define the tournament and that “D-Day” is approaching.
In addition to defining franchise competition, Australia has other important points in the television contract. Among them the most striking is the Super 8 which would include a team from South America.