Dave Rennie, Wallabies coach, believes it is crucial for Australian teams to continue playing against their New Zealand rivals. ” I’ve been very clear in the past, I think it’s good for both countries that we play against each other, he said.
The reasons for this move have to do with the imbalance in broadcast revenue, in favor of New Zealand franchises. Previously, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina pooled their respective Super Rugby TV revenues and split them three ways. When the health crisis caused the sidelining of the South African franchise competition and that of Argentina, which has since become Super Rugby Pacific, this arrangement came to an end.
“We will honor our commitments in 2023 but we have to see what is best for rugby in Australia until the Rugby World Cup in Australia in 2027”Federation Australia president McLennan told Fox Sports last week.