The president of Rugby Australia, Hamish McLennan, says that still wants to see a trans-Tasmanian competition on a large scale next year and has proposed to run the entire competition under Wallaby soil. McLennan wants all competition to be trans-tasmania and proposes Australia as the venue for all Super Rugby between both countries.
If that happens, McLennan, who has already won the rights to host the Rugby Championship 2020, says Australia would host all of the trans-Tasmanian competition. “As an alternative, we are happy to be able to fully propose the tournament from here next year,” McLennan told The Australian.
New Zealand announced last week that it will host its internal tournament with the franchises of your country. A new version of the Super Rugby Aotearoa for 2021 with the same 5 franchises that played it this year. Crusaders. Chiefs, Blues, Hurricanes and Highlanders. This decision put more strain on relations between the two countries, however, from the New Zealand side they left the door open by stating that after the domestic competition they were willing to play with the Australian teams.
That announcement surprised many, including the Pacifika franchise, which applied to join Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2021. The idea of be able to build a team with players from the Pacific Islands It seduced, but by next year it was already discarded.
Given this news, Rugby Australia could be forced to play its second edition of Super Rugby AU, a competition that gained much support as the improvised season progressed due to inconsistent timing and improved level of play.
However the President of New Zealand Rugby, Brent Impey, stated that NZR expected to have some kind of cross-competition with Australia after their season at Aotearoa. “As far as we are concerned, we continue in dialogue with cross-competition,” Impey said.
New Zealand’s decision to to refuse to the Pacifika team by 2021 could be an advantage for Australia. If indeed a trans-Tasmanian competition can’t take off next year, Rugby Australia would consider including a sixth team in Super Rugby AU because it would allow three games a weekend instead of two.
“I would definitely like to do something with a team from the islands, but we haven’t had a formal dialogue with the Pasifika team because we assumed they were going to do something with NZ,” McLennan said adding that “we definitely see all the nations that play to rugby as equal partners, so we’ll see if we can do something. But once again, I don’t know why we are not looking for a trans-Tasmanian competition starting next year, given that the pandemic is becoming more sophisticated, it is managed better than ever and travel bubbles are being created. “