As everyone knows, there is way too much rugby being played, and I think I may have found a bit of a solution here. Firstly, the Super Competition has now got to a difficult stage. There are too many teams for all the teams to be playing each other and not enough to split it up like Champions League in soccer.
This actually gives us a perfect opportunity to develop the game. If we had to find 3 more teams we could work it quite nicely, The Kings makes sense as they have a stadium and supporters and the opportunity for development is huge there. An Argentine side would be a major step in their development as more than half their international side plays in Europe and if you thinking from a money point of view, think of TV rights that would open, ie America and Canada.
The 3rd team can be a subject to a bit more discussion, I personally would like to see a Samoan, Tongan or Fijian side, BUT ONLY if they clean their game up. No one wants a team in the comp that only goes out to cripple players. Another Kiwi side is also an option, but chatting to a few Kiwi’s here, they not so keen.
Right, that leaves us with this:
Sharks Blues Reds Argentine Side
Bulls Crusaders Waratahs Samoan side *
Stormers Highlanders ACT Kings
Lions Hurricanes Rebels
Cheetahs Chiefs Force
This team could be subject to argument, either another Kiwi side, Samoan or even another Argentine side
First half of comp is March to April
Group A Group B
3 Saffa teams 3 Saffa teams
3 Kiwi teams 2 Kiwi teams
2 Oz teams 3 Oz teams
Argentine Side Samoan side*
That’s 2 conferences with 9 teams each that play each other only once, so that’s 9 weeks of rugga with the 1 week rest.
Top four teams go through.
So that’s rugby from the 4 March till 24 April (Taking next year as an example).
That gives the Boks, Ozzies, Kiwi’s and the Arggies a month off to prepare for June Internationals and 4 Nations.
The Currie cup can start a couple of weeks early as the Super Comp group stages finished earlier than normal.
Then you can have July till the end of August for 4 Nations and have the Currie Cup final on the 1st week of October.
Quarters, Semi and Final:
Once the Currie Cup is done and dusted, we can have the Quarters, Semi and Final in consecutive weeks with the final being on the last week of October.
Breaking it down:
Super Rugby with now 18 teams and teams at most playing 11 games, as opposed 16 in the Super 15. Every year the 2 conferences can be drawn so that it keeps its spice.
Currie Cup teams are still playing 16 games at most (That needs looking into as well)
November Internationals stay the same but players get a longer off season and play fewer games.Tweet