• Dobson advocates return to Super 12

    Stormers coach John Dobson has highlighted concern over the ‘bad state’ of rugby as a product and suggested a return to a Super 12 competition would be a good option.

    In an interview with Netwerk24, Dobson said there were issues that needed to be addressed in order to reinvigorate interest in the game.

    ‘In the Western Cape the heartbeat of the game was always between April and October. Now we have to finish the Currie Cup at the end of August to so that PRO14 matches can be broadcast and then Super Rugby starts on 1 February.’

    After a period of expansion, Vodacom Super Rugby has begun to be downsized, and will return to a 14-team competition from 2021.

    However, Dobson suggested it needed to be cut further.

    ‘There’s a simple solution. We have to return to a Super 12 series where every team faces the other one. Sorry then to whoever falls out.’

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