The talented Australian player, Quade Cooper, I know stated regarding Super Rugby and the new turn it took with the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting the world. In this regard, he said that the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams should consider making a change to play in a Japanese competition.
The 33-year-old currently exercises his trade in the Kintetsu Liners of the Japanese second division together with former Wallabies, Reds and Rebels teammate, Will Genia, and the duo were impressed by the level of rugby in that country.
Japan’s progress was demonstrated in the 2019 Rugby World Cup they hosted and did well to beat Ireland and Scotland before falling in the quarter-finals to eventual champions South Africa. In 2016, the Japanese team Sunwolves made their Super Rugby debut, but they struggled to compete and were eventually kicked out of the tournament in 2020 after winning just eight games in the four full seasons they played.
However, for Cooper, who believes the Sunwolves experience was a failure, he mentioned a sea change: letting some of the teams from the New Zealand and Australian franchises play in the Japanese competition.
“Many times we think that the ideal is to put a team in Japan to have the opportunity to compete in Super Rugby “he told AAP. “But the competition that is very strong at the moment is the Japanese league. So in my mind you would be inviting a Super Rugby team to come here and join the tournament”Added the opening.
“We tried it the other way around, we played the Sunwolves and it wasn’t the best experience. But the fan base here (in Japan) is amazing, the strength of the companies is staggering. Everything here seems to be going in the right direction. I feel that at some point you have to take it into account. It could incorporate two of the Australian teams and two of the New Zealand teams. “.
For Will Genia, Your friend and teammate’s idea is not far-fetched and he would also like to see some kind of cross-nation tournament featuring teams from New Zealand, Australia and Japan. “There is a lot of talent here”said the scrum half and added that “Japan at some point has to join Super Rugby. We are in the same time zone and you have quality players ”.
“And if you look at some of the best strong teams in the league, Suntory, Kubota, while their teams are not in competition, they would be competing with Super Rugby teams, I have no doubt,” the scrum half closed.