The Super Rugby Competition

There have been reports from various media outlets that the nations participating in the Super rugby league are considering reducing the number of participating team to 14 and doing away with the conference system. The SANZAAR union in a World Rugby meeting held recently in Dubai is believed to have pushed for the adoption of the 14 team proposal. This will see some teams being dropped from the competition leaving the question of which procedure will be used to determine the participating teams. For instance, Sunwolves which is based in Japan and has only won five matches in their first three seasons have higher chances of being dropped from the competition.

Pro14 competition

However, there may be hope for Sunwolves in the Super Rugby if another South African side decides to follow the likes of Southern Kings and Cheaters who have now opted to participate in the Pro14 competition. This competition is a northern hemisphere competition and involves professional sides from South Africa, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England. This league is among the three top leagues in Europe with the French Top14 and the English Premiership being some of the other prominent leagues in the Continent. The Pro14 competition is divided into two conferences with two teams from each Wales and Ireland, one team each from Italy, South Africa and Scotland making a seven-team conference.

Argentina-based Jaguares

The Jaguares seem to be in a pole position to remain in the Super Rugby competition and has had an impressive year in 2018. They have also had empathic wins against South Africa, Italy, France, and Australia backed by a maiden playoff in the year and an excellent performance against top flying Argentina in the November test window, sees them favorites to remain in the competition.

The Super Rugby history

Since its inception in 1996, the Super Rugby has taken many forms with changes in the format being made several times so as to come up with a competitive competition. The competition first started as the Super 12 then expanded to involve eighteen teams. The 2018 edition saw 15 teams take part and with the latest happenings, it leaves to be seen if the competition will adopt the fourteen-nation tournament.

According to the SANZAAR CEO it’s the aim of the Super Rugby competition to give opportunities to top players where they are able to develop their skills and gain experience on an international level giving them an exposure that will also be of benefit to the National teams.