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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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😔 hurrumph, no…

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Yeah, thanks Fiwi, I actually meant to write ‘NOW that all the Sky shows pop up’!!

Stupid fingers!! 😂

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Well, that’s Eddie done for then…

Eddie Jones receives "full support" of the England rugby board

Most recently Hairy Man, League backrowers tend to have started in the centres in rugby – Ben Te’o (though he went League to Rugby and back), Angus Crichton being examples.

Karmichael Hunt was a five-eighth when he finished league before heading to AFL, and played his rugby at 12, pretty much like-for-like…

But then, someone like Jared Warea-Hargreaves was a rugby backrower who ended up in the league front row.

Sam Burgess attempted to play 6 for Bath, but Eddie Jones used him in the centres..

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Have heard there was good discussion on The Breakdown, Carlin. I’m going to try and get to it this week, not that all the Sky shows pop up on Stan Sport as well..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

MP I can’t really speak of, R101, and your concern is a common one.

Re the Drua, even when they were playing in the NRC, a large chunk of them had already been capped, so that really won’t be much of an issue..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Now should certainly have been the time that a global calendar was sorted BF, yet that remains as far away as ever.

I hope you’re right about all the points you make, but I’m not confident..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Yes, Don, that’s right. My point was that 66 + finals is more than will be the case in 2021.

Obviously, more teams will allow for more games..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

I’ll have to take your word for it, Piru…

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Yeah, with the TV deals in Aus and NZ for the next few years already done, it’s more going to be around what can be fit into the available timeframe..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Round 3 of the trans-Tasman comp was originally slated to be played in one city, Micko, a la the NRL Magic Round (which they pinched the idea from the English Super League).

The games are in the fixture, but a venue was never announced, because it has only become clear in recent weeks that the TT will now likely go ahead.

As an aside, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was actually available for the weekend of May 28 and 29, but we may never know what venues were in the frame..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

I’m quite sure we won’t see the RSA teams, Scott. They’re about to start their PRO14 involvement this weekend, and that will ramp up further with the new PRO season later in the year..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

But given the current domestic comps + TT will only deliver 47/48 games in the same timeframe as a single round robin, CPM, 66 games + finals is still of far more commercial value and benefit…

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

No, because the obvious working assumption for the 2022 plans is that the Aus-NZ travel bubble remains open..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Ah yes, I do take your point.

It’s a bit of a crystal ball thing then, isn’t it, but I do understand your concerns..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

OK, I’m going to leave it here.

If you really want to try and share a different opinion of what was meant, based on my relaying of explanations passed onto me, and can’t see the obvious ridiculousnes of that, you can go nuts…

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Yeah, I get that.

I’ve been having conversations of late about how much the young players that just come through have already missed in terms of touring. Some still haven’t really experienced it – which is a weird consideration until you start thinking about it..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Andy, I get that sentiment, but I think the fallback positions of separate AU and NZ comps make it all pretty achieveable.

And, to be fair, they could yet still decide to go for a mix of conference and ‘all-in’ games – all of that is yet to be determined.

But it’s fair to say that the last twelve months will ensure that contingencies will be both well thought of, and necessarily fluid and flexible!

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

No, that’s right, they’re not available in regions where broadcast deals already exist – which is the case in RSA and South America..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

That’s not really the same, though.

I’m not expressing an opinion that conversations between Australia and Fiji may have happened; I’m sharing my understanding of events that did take place..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

I don’t think it will happen in true home-and-away form for a few years, Muzzo, but I think the four teams will still play in hub scenarios. I think last year showed that it can be done reasonably well..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

It’s not an opinion Jacko, it’s my understanding of events that took place based on explanations I’ve received..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Because Jacko, as I wrote, I wanted to know why SANZAAR hadn’t said a thing.

And then I found out why, and then I wrote about it.

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

What could they actually promote, Jacko? That they’re making phone calls and having conversations about ideas for the future? Get that on a media release!!

Instead, they’re focussing on promoting actual rugby being played currently, rather than thought bubbles that may or may not eventuate next year.

Seems a very strange thing for you to be getting hung up on..

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?

Jacko, you can’t show anything very clearly, becuase nothing has been agreed to, confirmed, or announced.

Again, don’t pretend reporting is telling you everything, it’s clearly not.

Why have SANZAAR remained silent on 2022 Super Rugby plans?