New Zealand and Australia have agreed on the new format for the Super Rugby in 2022. In addition to teams from both countries, two franchises from the Pacific islands, as had already been announced at the time.
With five teams from New Zealand, five from Australia plus Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua making their debut in the competition, the 12 teams that will make up Super Rugby 2022 will be completed.
Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Chiefs will be New Zealand’s representatives. Western Force, Brumbies, Rebels, Reds and Waratahs will do the same with Australia.
The tournament format would be similar to Super Rugby 2020 which was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 14 dates would be played, plus three additional days. This last issue still remains to be defined as it will be since it is seeking that there is no inequality between the crosses.
After the regular season, the eight best qualified teams will be left and the crossings for the quarterfinals will be defined.
“It was a bit premature in my opinion. We are still working on the details, but it is fair to say that we have come a long way and we are very close to finishing that, ”said Andy Marinos, CEO of Rugby Australia.
“I believe that what we have agreed for the next two years, we have a model that we can consider and we will continue to be open-minded and look for alternatives if we believe that they will offer a different and better result in the future. forward, “he said.