The SANZAR meeting in Sydney this week has failed to resolve a few issues for the 2009 Super 14 which is preventing teams from being able to confirm their travel and playing schedules.
Super14 reports that the SANZAR nations are trying to include a six team play off format and South Africa want this to be based on a geographical conference system instead of the top six teams who qualify according to the The Press in New Zealand.
Reports suggest that New Zealand and Australia want the top six teams to qualify for the play-offs because that would be easier for the fans to understand.
If the Super 14 is expanded it is likely a geographical conference system will be used but the New Zealand and Australian unions believe it is too early to be introduced next season.
South Africa also want the ELVs that are being trialed globally to be adopted for the tournament which comes directly before the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa as that tour will be played under the global ELVs.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said that he was aware that the delays were causing problems for teams and a decision should be reached soon.
“We are not too far off the mark in getting this resolved. South Africa just want another chance to go back and talk about it with their crew (stakeholders).” he told the Press.
Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said it was frustrating but not the end of the world, “(because) we don’t have any issues with ground availability or anything like that.
No decision has been made on the expansion of the tournament.Tweet