With the numbers of teams, I think if it’s similar than it could still work. In Europe, all the domestic competitions have different numbers of teams, with the top clubs qualifying for the Heineken cup comp.
In Japan yes there currently 16 teams but they are re structuring the competition into 2 divisions from next season. The first division bring 12 professional teams.
In Europe, the main professional competitions all have different numbers of teams and they have a healthy Heineken cup. The big advantage Europe has is the time zones being similar between the countries and small distances. That’s why I think super rugby can only work with 4-5 nations if they only come together at a final/knock out stage.
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Seeing the interviews with the coaches and players recently, they haven’t said to much about where they are aiming for this year and their playing style. I get the feeling the clubs is telling the guys to not say to much about their expectations and let their on field action tell the story. I have a feeling there could be some big changes in positions coming up this season. Might see JT playing on an edge rather than the middle, and see more creativity out of dummy half with Reece Robson to start.
Thanks for all the comments. All very interesting points. Another point i wanted to add was that looking at the squad for 2020, i feel that we again are on the brink of group of young players that could become the nucleus of the team going forward. Its vital Green develops guys like Tom Gilbert, Clifford, Cotter, Peter Hola, Pere, Simpkins, Tabuai-Fidow and Mitch Dunn into NRL a graders and ensures the best of the guys don’t leave. Would be terrible to see these young guys at other clubs like Ponga, Kikkau, Smith etc are now.
By the way I do a Cowboys podcast with a mate called “Cowboys chat” which will be starting back again soon for the 2020 season. Any feedback on that is appreciated also on Itunes and facebook page.