AUSTRALIA’S cherished hold on a guaranteed home game in the Super Rugby finals is under siege from Kiwi heavyweights urging a shake-up.
A meeting of Super Rugby chief executives in Sydney this week will debate a fairer finals system and how to make the unwieldy 18-team format easier to understand.
Whether Australia and South Africa should each consider chopping a team to move towards a 16-team competition in 2018 will also be discussed informally.
A formal review has been commissioned by governing body SANZAAR but a recommended structure, with the input of broadcasters, is still months away.
This year’s new four-conference system threw up multiple anomalies.
The Highlanders (52), Chiefs (51) and Crusaders (50) all finished with more points yet it was the ACT Brumbies (43) who hosted a quarter-final in Canberra as the Australian Conference winners.