Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!


    NZ fought lonely fight to change Super Rugby format

    2016-09-23 08:31

    Hamilton - New Zealand tried and failed to change next year's Super Rugby format after opposition from Australia and South Africa.

    New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew admitted on Friday his country were the only ones keen on changing the structure of the tournament but were outvoted by their SANZAR partners.

    The 18-team competition is full of flaws but the one which upset the New Zealanders the most is when the Chiefs and the Highlanders had to play their quarter-finals away from home this year against teams who finished with less points than them.

    The Crusaders also had to wait an eternity to discover where they would play their quarter-final and were then left stranded in Christchurch for two days waiting for flights to South Africa.

    All five New Zealand teams have campaigned for the introduction of a straight top eight next year - where the four teams with the most points, regardless of where they are based, host the quarter-finals.

    "Yes we are disappointed that we couldn't get agreement from Australia and South Africa," Tew said.

    "We've tried and haven't completely given up but it's unlikely we'll get any substantial change in the finals format next year. If there are any changes for 2018 then that gives another chance to have that debate. I'm stubborn and we'll keep plugging away because we think it makes much more sense to have a straight top eight. It makes it a lot easier for the fans. They can almost disregard the complications of the conferences and just look at the log and say 'is my team in the top eight'.

    "We think it would've produced a fairer finals result this year but our partners think it was an aberration and we won't have four teams in the finals again which is fine. They don't want a change and you've got to have agreement in Sanzaar - that's the beauty of a joint venture."

    Read More On:  super rugby steve tew rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    23 February 2017
    • Rebels v Blues, AAMI Park 10:45
    24 February 2017
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 11:00
    25 February 2017
    • Sunwolves v Hurricanes, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Brumbies, AMI Stadium 08:35
    • Waratahs v Force, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Cheetahs v Lions, Toyota Stadium 15:05
    • Kings v Jaguares, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:15
    • Stormers v Bulls, Cape Town 19:30


    06 August 2016
    30 July 2016
    23 July 2016
    22 July 2016
    16 July 2016
    15 July 2016
    09 July 2016
    08 July 2016
    02 July 2016
    01 July 2016
    29 May 2016
    28 May 2016
    27 May 2016
    21 May 2016
    20 May 2016
    14 May 2016
    13 May 2016
    07 May 2016
    06 May 2016
    30 April 2016
    29 April 2016
    24 April 2016
    23 April 2016
    22 April 2016
    16 April 2016
    15 April 2016
    09 April 2016
    08 April 2016
    03 April 2016
    02 April 2016
    01 April 2016
    27 March 2016
    26 March 2016
    25 March 2016
    19 March 2016
    18 March 2016
    12 March 2016
    11 March 2016
    05 March 2016
    04 March 2016
    27 February 2016
    26 February 2016

    Opinion Poll

    Jake White will leave his job as Montpellier coach next year. Where would you like to see the former Springbok coach, coach next?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.