New Zealand plans to cut South Africa, Argentina from Super Rugby

Rugby Jul 17, 2020

New Zealand plans to cut South Africa, Argentina from Super Rugby

New Zealand is pushing for a new Super Rugby competition that would exclude South Africa and Argentina but include a Pacific Islands team and an undetermined number of Australian teams. A statement from New Zealand Rugby on Friday indicated it will break from Super Rugby’s ...

Sunwolves still have chance to join Australian competition

Rugby May 23, 2020

Sunwolves still have chance to join Australian competition

The Sunwolves could still compete in an upcoming tournament in Australia with that country's Super Rugby sides, CEO Yuji Watase said in a statement released Saturday. In the statement on the club's website, Watase said Rugby Australia was negotiating with the Australian government to find ...

Sunwolves aiming to compete in Australia in July

Rugby May 18, 2020

Sunwolves aiming to compete in Australia in July

Japan's Sunwolves are aiming to participate in a tournament between Super Rugby teams in Australia that is scheduled to start in July. The Sunwolves' final season in Super Rugby was cut short in March, when the new coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition ...

Rugby May 18, 2020

Super Rugby's Reds bench three for refusing pay cuts

Super Rugby side Queensland Reds have suspended Wallabies lock Izack Rodda and two other players for declining to accept pay cuts that were agreed to by the players' union amid a shutdown of the season due to the coronavirus outbreak. Rodda, fullback Isaac Lucas and ...

New Zealand players return to 'second preseason' on Monday

Rugby May 17, 2020

New Zealand players return to 'second preseason' on Monday

New Zealand's Super Rugby players will begin what coaches have deemed to be a "second preseason" on Monday as they return to training following a relaxation of health and travel restrictions imposed after the novel coronavirus pandemic. Southern hemisphere rugby's governing body SANZAAR postponed the ...

New Zealand sets up committee to review Super Rugby future

Rugby Apr 27, 2020

New Zealand sets up committee to review Super Rugby future

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has formed a committee with the country's five Super Rugby teams to review operating models and plot a way forward for the domestic game amid a shutdown in global sport brought by the coronavirus. Super Rugby, which also includes teams from ...

Wallaby Matt Toomua calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

Rugby Apr 26, 2020

Wallaby Matt Toomua calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

Wallabies flyhalf Matt Toomua has joined calls for a rethink of the Super Rugby competition once the sport restarts after the coronavirus shutdown. The Melbourne Rebels back believes the competition, which features 15 teams across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, needs to ...