Patstick, The Roar
Many eager Roarers have even debated the merits of expanding the Super Rugby conferences further from five to six clubs and more. Some believe that there is not enough quality Australian rugby players to go around, some say the overseas based players will come back given the chance, others maintain that our quality club players can make the step up.
I am a firm believer in the continual expansion of Super Rugby, with more teams in each conference. And I believe the best solution for Australia’s shortfall in quality players also solves another problem in the southern hemisphere – the Pacific Islands.
Australia needs quality and exciting rugby players, while the Pacific Islands need a professional competition. Perhaps a quota system should be in place; three players from each of the three Pacific Islands teams to be included in the squad, not the run on team.
The effect of this is as follows:
1. More Australian rugby teams, which will lead to a national competition.
2. Australian teams are competitive and attractive to watch.
3. More Pacific Island players are playing professional rugby, which means a stronger Samoa, Tonga and Fiji national teams.
All win in my book.