Super Rugby might undergo yet another trimming session, with Japan’s Sunwolves possibly being cut from the competition.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald this will also allow the unpopular conference system to be done away with.
Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos, though, says that such reports are just skinner at this stage and that any changes to the structure of the competition will be communicated “at the appropriate time”.
Marinos slaan vure dood by saying: “The recent reports in the media around the next iteration of the Super Rugby tournament are nothing more than speculative.
“As a business, we are presently looking at our future competition structures from 2021 onwards, a matter that has been widely reported in the media.
“We have not reached any definitive decisions around our future competition, including the number of teams that will participate in the future structure.”
Super Rugby started with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa after the game turned professional in 1996 with further expansions over the next decade taking the participating franchises to 18.
The 18-team format, which included an expansion into Argentina and Japan, was dumped after the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Australia’s Force as well as South Africa’s Cheetahs and Kings losing their spots.
While Argentina’s Jaguares have thrived in their three seasons in Super Rugby and qualified for the playoffs this year, the Sunwolves have finished bottom, second bottom and bottom in their three campaigns to date.