Cape Town - Former Wallaby wing David Campese has heavily
criticised the new Super Rugby format.
The tournament has been expanded to 18 teams, with 135
matches scheduled for the regular season.
"It’s ridiculous. They’re trying to create something
that’s not really viable," Campese told Planet Rugby.
"Realistically it’s just going to be an absolute
nightmare. There doesn’t seem to be any thought going into the players’ welfare
about the travelling. No one seems to know. It’s an absolute mess.”
South Africa’s Southern Kings, Argentina’s Jaguares and
Japan’s Sunwolves have joined the competition this year, but Campese has
questioned the inclusion of these teams.
"Money’s great, but on the other hand if you want to (increase
the) competition why not bring in the Pacific Islands as well? Why have you got
to go to Japan?
"It's a total mess and I think something major is going
to happen to make them change their mind."
With the addition of the Kings, South Africa is also the
only nation in the competition to boast six teams – something Campese is not
all too happy with.
"In South Africa you’ve got six teams - two of them are
basically club teams. It's a disaster.”
Campese, 52, played 101 Tests for the Wallabies between 1982