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The SANZAR Board has today proposed expanding the Super 14 finals to a Top Six playoffs series next year.


Viewed as stage one in an overall plan to increase Super Rugby’s footprint across member countries South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, the recommendation came out of a three-day SANZAR workshop in Perth that concluded with a Board meeting this morning.


The proposal will now be forwarded to the individual national unions and major stakeholders in the SANZAR countries for their consideration and support.


SANZAR Board members also absorbed a number of ideas around alternative competition structures when Super Rugby is revamped ‘ potentially from as early as 2010 ‘ to include further teams.


It was acknowledged that significant changes to the existing Super Rugby format would have an impact on the traditional Tri Nations window utilised by SANZAR countries and may impact on other areas of the international schedule.


Alternatives to the current Test schedule and the timing of international matches remain, like Super Rugby expansion, a work in progress.

 

Listen to Audio Clips from Today’s Press conference.

 

ARU CEO John O’Neill – HERE

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew – HERE & HERE

 

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