SANZAR unveils plans for new extended Super 15 competition
SANZAR has revealed its proposed plans for an extended Super rugby competition that, if successful, will launch in 2011.
A complete overhaul of the current system will see the addition of a 15th Super rugby franchise from the Australia region however not necessarily from Australia.
The 24-week competition will guarantee each team a minimum of eight home matches and a 16-match regular season.
A new six-team finals series
will include an extra round with two sudden-death qualifiers before the semi-finals.
For the first time in the competition's history teams will be divided into three national conferences of five teams each.
Teams play the other four teams in their conference twice while also playing four out of the five teams from the other two conferences.
The six-team final series will consist of the three conference winners and three wildcard teams with the three wildcard teams and the conference winner with the least competition points to play an elimination round in order to advance to the semi-finals.
The new competition will stretch from the last weekend in February to the first weekend of August with a three-week bye period to accommodate the June international Test schedule.
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