Super Rugby set for shake-up

Sanzaar is expected to announce changes to the Super Rugby format in the coming days following final discussions in London.

The much-criticised 18-team format could be in line for a shake-up, with some teams potentially facing the axe.

Changes look set to be confirmed once the affected parties have been informed, with further meetings still to be concluded.

'Following two days of robust discussion there are a number of tournament considerations that now require further discussion and consultation,' said Sanzaar CEO Andy Marinos.

'This includes final consultation within the national unions and discussion with key stakeholders that would allow the adoption of changes proposed by the strategic plan.'

Among the formats believed to be under consideration include trimming the competition from 18 teams to either 15 or 16, with sides from Australia and South Africa likely to be cut.

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