‘Mundane’ SuperRugby needs to be ‘re-invigorated’

Former All Black prop Craig Dowd says that Super Rugby has become boring and needs to be “re-invigorated to make it exciting again”.

Dowd said in his column on the ESPN site that he agreed with Stormers captain Jean de Villiers when he said the competition was “getting very mundane”.

De Villiers said that the Super Rugby format needs a shake up.

Super Rugby organisers SANZAR are looking at changing the format for Super Rugby in 2016 and that includes expanding the number of teams to 17 or 18.

Expansion has become something of a habit for SANZAR as with each new broadcast deal the number of teams has been increased and many feel that the quality of rugby and interest in the tournament has dropped with each expansion.

Super Rugby started as a Super 12 and then in 2006 became the Super 14 and then in 2011 the 15 team format became known as Super Rugby.

SANZAR have already committed to South Africa having six teams in the next deal and they are looking at ways to include Argentina and possibly another team.

Dowd said that, “Nothing has changed since I finished playing Super Rugby in 2001.”

“All Blacks come back at the start of the season and say, “Here we go again.” And that was what I thought away back then; I know exactly how de Villiers feels. “

Super Rugby players and coaches alike have slammed SANZAR’s plans to expand and Dowd says, “When the players want something like that, it is time to take notice.”

“I am not sure SANZAR plans to increase the competition by two teams is helpful. Expansion doesn’t address the question of how you jazz this competition up to make it the best in the world,” added the former All Black prop.

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