Hamish McLennan, Australia’s Rugby chairman, said the country could pull its team out of Super Rugby in 2024 and set up a home competition instead in the run-up to the 2027 World Cup.
McLennan said Australia had only committed to over-exploitation until 2023.
“We will live up to our commitments in 2023, but we need to see what’s best for Australia’s rugby ahead of the RWC (World Cup) in Australia in 2027,” McLennan told Australian radio station Fox Sports.
“All bets are off from 2024 onwards at NZ (New Zealand).”
Five Australian teams competed in Super Rugby this year with six New Zealand teams and Fijian Drua.
Only one Australian team reached the semi-finals.
New Zealand’s final match between Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders is on Saturday at Eden Park.
Rugby Australia (RA) is considering selling a stake in its commercial assets to private limited companies, similar to what New Zealand Rugby did with the American company Silver Lake.
McLennan said the RA board did not want to “prejudice the PE / debt process” with any contests presented as facts.
“Some board members have strong opinions that only domestic competitions such as the AFL (Australian Football League) and the NRL (Rugby League) would yield more money for the game, and that is a fair comment.
Matt Nobbs, chairman of the ACT Brumbies team in Canberra, said all Australian teams were behind RA in exploring their potential.
“We have to respond with the best interests of the game and our financial efficiency also comes into play,” he said.
Australia could retire from Super Rugby in 2024: Chairman – SABC News
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