RE: 1. Super Rugby mulls global expansion options Brycy
January 24, 2013, 04:22:24
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May be worthwhile to grow Rugby into a worldwide sport, and without America this is not going to happen.
It is a little bit boring at the moment. The All Blacks win, or the boks win or Australia. Same stuff over and over.
The format of the tournament would need to change though. More rounds in the tournament to seperate the wheat from the chaff, but still allow a more teams and local fans to participate
Perhaps it could start with round one being a local derby system to get the opening games out of the way, and get rid of the weak teams- but still allowing them to participate.
The stronger countries can initially have more teams that qualify into the next round.
For example SA, New Zealand have 5 teams each. (The top 4 out of 5 of the 1st round of local derbies go into the next round.) Australia the top 3 out of 5.
Whp want to watch the Kings or Lions vs the Melbourne Rebels or Western Force?
As the countries even out in skills, or if they even out then more teams from each country could make it past the local derby into the next round.
For example South Africa- would have 4 teams out of 5 that make it into the next round. (from local derbies of one match)
New Zealand- would have 4 teams out of 5 that make it into the next round.
Australia- 3 teams make it into the next round(International)
America- have one team that make it out of their local round, into the next international round
Canada- 1 team
Japan- 1 team
Then have a seeding system based on points of the local round one derby conference system which would allow countries that have a 2nd strong team to come through the ranks into the international tournament.
America would probably be able to buy good players with the size of their media market, so in time they would have more than one competive team that could progress into the international rounds.
As more teams make it into the international level, another round is added, and so on and so on.....
This is the best way to grow the tournament. Starting with local derbies as round one will still get a strong viewership as it will draw local fans like the Curry Cup, ITM etc.
Then round 2 will be the best form each country.