Wallabies flyhalf Matt Toomua believes the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, has aged and could do with a reshuffle.
The Melbourne Rebels star is yet another joining the chorus outlining the need for change when play finally resumes. Instead of reducing the number of matches player or teams featured, the 30-year-old prefers a competition aligned on domestic lines and seems to suggest South African sides depart.
‘Maybe the model that we’ve got is a little bit aged and outdated and maybe we need to have a rethink,’ Toomua told rugby.com.au.
‘I guess this is almost forcing us to do it, whether it be in the short term until those borders open or whether it be long-term into something else that’s a bit more sustainable, bit more domestically focused.
‘I think there’s a lot of people who are wanting to have a domestic model for quite a while now, whether it be Australia-focused or Australia-New Zealand focused or something along those lines.
‘If I’m a Rebels member, what do I get? I get seven home games, maybe five against teams that I know, two or three against teams that I don’t know or don’t care about, and then three games that are in time zones that aren’t suitable.
‘It’s just not, for me personally if I’m a supporter, I don’t think that’s an attractive product, I really don’t.’
At the suspension of the competition, the Rebels were ninth in the overall conference and second in the Australian conference after three wins from six outings.
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