Top Wallaby calls for Super Rugby 'rethink'
With rugby on hold around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rebels and Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua has called for a "rethink" of Super Rugby and its current format.
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Speaking to the Rugby Australia website, Toomua called the current model for the 25-year old competition "a little bit aged and outdated".
"There's a lot of people who have had this mind in for a while that maybe the model that we've got is a little bit aged and outdated and maybe we need to have a rethink," said Toomua.
"I guess this is almost forcing us to do it, whether it be in the short term until those borders open or whether it be long-term into something else that's a bit more sustainable, bit more domestically focused."
Toomua believes that Covid-19 will put rugby under immense pressure when fixtures eventually resume.
"There's going to be all sorts of pressures on the game next year, whether it be inflation and cost prices for travelling and the current Sanzaar models, the costs are going to go through the roof so how do respond to that, how do we handle that curve?
"I think there's a lot of people who are wanting to have a domestic model for quite a while now, whether it be Australia-focused or Australia-new Zealand focused or something along those lines," he said.
In 2009, Toomua spent some time in South Africa, turning out for Western Province on four occasions during the Currie Cup season. He was first capped for the Wallabies in 2013 and has played 47 Tests to date.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff