New Super format being developed

The changes and new structure of the Super Rugby competition may be decided by November.

But what it will look like and when it will be revealed to supporters is still up in the air.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the goal was to have the final structure and format of the Super Rugby competition decided by November.

That was not, though, a firm deadline and the four countries which make up the Sanzaar organisation - New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina - did not have to deliver the proposal to broadcasters until the middle of next year.

''The work is progressing. We have another meeting in Sydney in two or three weeks. We are all aiming to have some final decisions made at a meeting in London in November,'' he said

''The work streams are coming together nicely.''

Tew would not be drawn on the proposed changes and how the new competition would look past 2020 when the current broadcasting deal expires.

He also would not be drawn on what the new competition would look like.

''We are going to have a Super Rugby competition in the future. I can't say [what it is going to look like]. We have got four countries all which have different imperatives and different conditions and it is not helpful to have that conversation in the public domain. When we know what it will look like we will be happy to share that with everyone.''

Much has been made about the state of the competition and how it needs to be freshened up to grow the game and bring in revenue.

There have been many mismatches over the past couple of years and the decision to balloon the tournament out to 18 teams in 2016 flopped.

Three teams were cut the following year and the competition went back to having three conferences of five teams.

At the moment, the five New Zealand teams play each other home and away. It is a money-spinner as fans like the games but coaches are wary of them as the physicality causes injuries.

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