Super Rugby has moved to quell speculation about the demise of the competition saying it’s committed to a 14 team competition beyond next year.

Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos says speculation regarding the
future of Super Rugby and the Four Nations has been misleading.

Marinos said the impact of the pandemic is likely to mean a domestic
focus in each territory when the competition resumes but long term
Sanzaar has already sold a 14-team super rugby competition as well as a
four team Rugby Championship to broadcasters.

The New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa rugby unions
have also all committed to the joint venture through until 2030, he
said.

“I can confirm that none of the suggested models or structures that
have been commented on recently, such as stand-alone Trans-Tasman
formats, have been agreed by any of the SANZAAR unions individually or
collectively. All such reports are merely speculative and have no basis
to them,” he said in a statement.

“This is not to say that we are not having realistic discussions on
what may have to eventuate should COVID-19 restrictions continue beyond
2020.

“We are presently looking in detail at various competition formats
but any agreed format will include teams from all four stakeholder
national unions. Due to uncertainty over what various government
restrictions, if any, may look like next year including international
travel, no date has been set yet as to when a decision will be made on
2021 and beyond,” he said.

“A major consideration is that we also have an obligation to discuss
any contingencies with our broadcaster partners in the first instance
after which we will make public comment.”

Upon resuming, Super Rugby would likely have “a strong domestic focus in each territory” initially, SANZAAR said, given travel and border restrictions.

RNZ

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