Super Rugby Struggles Amidst General Growth of Rugby

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According to some, rugby can claim to be the fastest growing sport in the world, so it is something of a riddle as to why Super Rugby seems to be struggling.

It could be that Super Rugby has too much on its plate going head-to-head with the NRL and has something of a red-headed-stepchild image.

Former All Blacks five-eighth Andrew Mehrtens is unequivocal in his description of the league, calling the competition “stupid.”

The future certainly appears murky, and rumours of the imminent dumping of an Aussie team do little to allay the swirling concerns.

There are currently five Aussie teams in the competition and a meeting taking place in London between the CEOs of the teams and the SANZAAR governing body has provided no firm insights as to the makeup of the league for next year.

Speculation, for what it is worth, is that the most likely Aussie teams to be in danger of being axed are the Rebels, the Brumbies and the Force.

One issue that seems to be foremost in the minds of many is an unwieldy conference structure that is the outcome of having clubs scattered across the globe.

Mehrtens, appearing on Super Rugby: Kick & Chase, said, “I think the competition is stupid at the moment. There’s now way, in 10 years’ time, that we’re going to be looking at a competition that covers three massively distinct time zones.”