It just looks like we haven't really learned over the past 25 years of SAMZAR super / Tricky-Nations / Championship rugby.
We are getting a lot of hype about the British and Irish Lions but for a very long time we just felt that the home nations should always play as the British and Irish Lions as their times weren't good enough. Although, the lions have turned a bit of a corner with a Win in Aus and then another draw in New Zealand. Wales and Ireland have stepped up. Only Ireland and England have been able to win matches against the All Blacks. But there are still questions around Scotland.
In general, the Welsh, Irish and English teams have a really good professional setup and it has definitely help both Wales and Ireland to adopt franchise teams
That said, this whole tournament thing in Australia just smells off. They should have just gone for tour matches, given the players time to settle in one country.
Imagine the Springboks were to tour New Zealand for 6 week (8 include quarantine). Take your A team with you too. With some mid week games and as a warm up some games against their Franchises. I would so love to watch. And when I say franchises. Teams with their All Blacks, none of this B grade provincial teams stripped of all of their all blacks.
On Return, SA could Host Australia.
The only Odd team is the Pumas. They don't seem to draw the same crowd. They can be very competitive but never beaten the Kiwis. So for now I just don't put them up there as worthy to capture a full 6 weeks tour.
But it doesn't mean that they should be ignored, SA can always go play 2 games in Argentina while NZ and Aus have their Kissing Cousin cup. Or doesn't stop SA from hosting Ireland, France, England etc.
But what I really would like to see. Is some decent tours.
It is a bit different when Touring the UK as they are all close in proximity and there is nothing better than a Grand slam tour, which also have faded away.
But for the Southern Hemisphere I would want to promote tours and scrapped this stupid flying all over the world nonsense.
For me a season would be.
Super 12 (Post Covid)
Currie Cup Starts
Warm Up In / Out tour (Arg)
In coming tours 6 weeks (3 Test) - NZ
Out going tours 6 weeks (3 Test) - Aus
Currie Cup Final
Grand Slam or Continental Tours Fra+Ita (4 Test)
But the point I'm trying to make is with Covid and All. Go back to tours. Play the best teams every year whether home or abroad and make room for some of the smaller teams to participate.
Maintain a ranking system and drop tours or reduce the fixture list if any of the European teams start pulling stunts by sending their weaker teams.
But we should always maintain our traditions and for me it has always been the following
Yearly, with home 1 year and away the other
Every 2 Years Away (Travel every year to Europe, 1 year Grand Slam, The other Year away to France and Italy)
Grand Slam UK
France 3 Test + Italy 1 test
Every Four Years
British and Irish Lions