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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.

“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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