The CEO of Highlanders, Roger Clark, said the next Super Rugby season will feature Australian teamssays Stuff, a well-known New Zealand media outlet, and mentioned the possibility of Argentina joining once every two years.
Clark, spoke at a Southland Chamber of Commerce event in Invercargill on Thursday and said that the 2021 season would involve two rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa before the New Zealand teams cross the ditch to play Australian teams and to be announced shortly.
The reason for this was that the broadcast agreements they would be just as solid if he tried to play against other teams in Argentina and AfricaClark said.
“I think in 2021, you will find out that it will be us and the Australians and in 2022 you will find Fiji and a Pasifika team in that competition.”
Earlier this month, NZ Rugby President Brent Impey, confirmed that Super Rugby Aotearoa would continue in 2021, with finals following a two-round competition involving New Zealand’s five existing franchises and hoping a “crossover” competition with Australia would follow.
There was talk of a local competition with teams from Fiji and Pasifika, but there was also talk of a regional club competition every two years with Japan, South Africa and Argentina”Clark said.
Then every four years, there would be a global competition north vs south to discover which would be the best team in the worldadded.
“I think what you will find in the future is that instead of traveling the world to play a game that most people think is pretty crazy anyway. That will find that every two years we could play against the Africans and the Argentines, but every four years you will end up having a challenge, that you will see which is the best club team in the world. “
From the perspective of fans and broadcasters, it was something that would be very exciting, he said.
Another member asked if there would be five Australian teams and to Clark’s understanding there would be the five existing Australian teams for which they had yet to announce a broadcast deal.
Fiji had support for a team that would come in 2022 and there would be a team Pasifika that would be a mixture of Samoa and Tonga.