So, both SA and Australia have a number of Internationals playing abroad, not to mention New Zealand. However, Super rugby is well and truly dead. We can also see that the Southern Hemisphere dominance has waned and I would like to point it to the demise of the Super Rugby. Trying to expand to fast and becoming greedy.
We should never have made the season that long, Super 12 was an amazing competition. It started at the right time of the year which was in March, ran for three months and allowed players the best chance. Those games were almost test matches but with a bit more flair and freedom for teams to express themselves. Any team could beat any other team.
There are big global players such as Amazon would gladly pump money into the a revived Super Rugby comp, enough money for players to go around and not to mention that players can choose to play as a Medical joker abroad to prop up their finances. Especially around Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb when the European clubs need player cover during the internationals.
Lets be honest, currie cup, NPC and what ever they play in Aus is dead. The only saviour is Super rugby and Test rugby for the southern hemisphere teams.
The other truth about expansion is that there were never room for Arg or Japan. Argentina was actually better when their players played in France and Europe.
So this is my proposal.
- All 3 countries can only permit 4 teams. (Sorry NZ, but you have 5 teams from day one)
- Bring in a draft system, 25 home grown players to be contracted, but each team can add an additional 5 foreign players from within Sanzar. If you have a kiwi play for an Aus team, they should still have the opportunity to be selected for the all blacks.
- Only run the league for 4 or 5 months max. If the NFL can do 5 months a year why can't super rugby.
- If covid continues, turn it into a tournament hosted in one country over 3 months. Seeding games to be played locally. 3 or 6 games, then travel to the hosting country, 2 week quarantine with an 8 week contest. Guaranteed 10+ games. Have 3 pools, with each country having their highest placed teams in each pool. Top 2 of each pool qualify for quarters with a wild card game for the final 2 spots.