The CEO of New Zealand Rugby (NZR), Mark Robinson, confirmed that in the 2020 the union has a projected loss of 40 million of New Zealand dollars, about 27 million of the homonymous American currency, which led the Kiwis to a battle for the survival and even stake out the game.
In an interview with Stuff he spoke of the confidence they have in the Super Rugby Aotearoa for 2021 that could include a crossing of endings with australian teams and it would start in late February or early March. He also anticipated that in 2022 the idea is to put together a great Trans – Tasmania competition with 12 teams and with a representation of the Pacific islands.
The effects of the coronavirus left its consequences in the kiwi coffers and Robinson spoke of losses of “tens of millions of New Zealand dollars.” Reservations union cash dropped from $ 93 million to less than $ 50 million. The negative balance is between 43 and 45 million. Among the adjustments, the manager named the All Blacks as one of the variables that will have to be modified. “We have to find a short-term way to make sure we have a financially sustainable model until we can stand up, ”Robinson said.
“Even before Covid, and certainly during and as we overcome it, the game was not financially sustainable and we had challenges in terms of engagement and participation at different levels,” Robinson said. Regarding Super Rugby Aotearoa said that the idea of starting at the end of February is to be able to compete with Australian teams: “depending on where Australia arrives, it will be for several weeks, and it could be five to six,” he added.
He also confirmed that in 2022, if Covid allows it, a Super Rugby would be played with the 10 existing teams from New Zealand and Australia, with one team from the Pacific included. Auckland-based team Moana Pasifika are a few lengths ahead but Fiji wants to enter the tournament with an island-based team. “Twelve teams is a possibility,” Robinson said. “We’ve given ourselves until the end of November to really assess the four different teams we are working with, and Rugby Australia keeps us posted on what they are doing.”