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Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has slammed the current Super Rugby format saying that it is not fair as the New Zealand play each other twice while some teams don’t play them at all.

Coles said that playing New Zealand teams is like playing in a Test match and that it is not fair that they have to play eight matches at that level in a Super Rugby season.

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“Playing against New Zealand teams twice in one year is pretty tough,” Coles told Newstalk ZB.

“Moving forward, if we want to see New Zealand teams win the competition, then playing the Kiwi teams once will be enough.”

SANZAAR are currently reviewing the Super Rugby format and the hope is that the body will have a new structure from October this year.

Coles says that he would rather see a competition with better quality sides than one with more teams.

“You want quality sides in the competition to make it the best competition in the world.

“Just keeping it simple is better. We don’t need to over-complicate things.”

Coles also said that he would rather see the original Super Rugby format being adopted again where the playoffs were determined by the top-ranked teams overall.

“Yeah, you play every team once, and the top eight qualify and you’re away laughing.”

“That’s the way I’d like it.”

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  1. Galen Mountfort

    2nd July 2016 at 8:38 am

    He makes a good point about not very fair but is inaccurate in that the NZ teams currently only play other kiwi teams 6 ties, not 8, while the Aussies have to play 5 matches against NZ teams as does one African conference the only teams to really benefit are the African conference who draw the Aussies

  2. Giedion

    2nd July 2016 at 12:30 pm

    aaaaaaa…. have some pity on s.a rugby they need to work a system as to benefit them otherwise s.a teams will constantly battle to achieve anything

  3. Graham Henry

    2nd July 2016 at 1:25 pm

    The NZ teams will continue to get better if they keep this structure, because Iron sharpens Iron, and the inevitable result is that All Blacks will reign supreme well into the future. I understand its hard on the NZ franchises, but its great for maintaining NZ rugby dominance.

  4. J van Zyl

    3rd July 2016 at 7:50 am

    Coles has a point. I’m all for every team plays every other team… once is enough and the year after a reverse of home field. The top 8 teams goes through to the playoffs. Little harder on the SA teams as they have to travel for 2 weeks ‘longer’ or ‘further’ than the NZ and Australia teams, but that is the nature of the beast.

  5. Tony

    10th July 2016 at 3:41 pm

    The reality is the New Zealand teams are head & shoulders better than the rest.
    The logistics are, if we go back to the round robin system all of the NZ teams would have made play offs. Although this is great for NZ public. People in Australia, SA, Japan & Argentina would not watch playoffs , since they wouldn’t have any rooting interest in the games. This means less people watching which means less TV money, less money to pay players. Which results in more of a exodus of players to UK & France. Unfortunately you can’t have your cake and ear it too. Last time I checked I don’t see sold out crowds at every Super rugby game in NZ

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