The Red Heifer wrote:The conference system is a joke, it should be a straight table.
Aussies and Saffers aren't going to watch a New Zealand league.
they aren't going to watch a few one sided end of season games in great numbers
All part of the slow demise of SH rugby, ironically heralded by a RWC where no NH teams got to the semis.
But up here Rugby is expanding and in rude financial health and gobbling up most of your decent players who haven't got an immediate hope of a cap.
Strange really, but Australians only ever seem to turn up for a winning side and South African teams spread declining talent too thinly when they have dozens of top quality players waiting out getting Irish, French or Scottish qualification because of quotas for the SpringBok and super franchises.
New Zealand is just New Zealand operating on different level
One wonders how long people will tune in to watch their sides get spanked by a Kiwi Super franchise every few weeks?