With Nick Evens departing and many other high profile NZ rugby player having left or leaving... has the Super Rugby niche gone stale? The apparent cure(?) upping the team numbers to Super 18, this only a few seasons from the increase from Super 12 to Super 14. 5 NZ Teams 5 Australian Teams 5 South African Teams 1 American Team based in South Africa 1 Japanese Team based in Australia 1 Pacific Island Team based in NZ Do we think this will help with players suddenly not getting lucritic offers to head overseas? I think not. Do we think this will help MysteryMan win Virtual Super Rugby games? I think not (have a hard time keeping up with the teams already in the competition - although I am currently beating Jono ) Do we really want Japs and Yanks in the competition? I think not. Time constraints and travel and round robyn... extra teams... more flights to South Africa... not to mention more time away from the NPC competition and training for the AB's perhaps... //sigh// I'm not sold. NZ1 Auckland Blues NZ2 Waikato Chiefs NZ3 Wellington Hurricanes NZ3 Canterbury Crusaders NZ4 Otago Highlanders Oz1 Reds Oz2 Brumbies Oz3 Stormers Oz4 Warratahs Oz5 Force SA1 Sharks SA2 Cheetahs SA3 Bulls SA4 Lions So what's next SA5 Waterbucks / Rhinos / Buffalo / Warthogs? Jap1 Japanese Suns / Sushi / Whale killers? USA1 American Bisons / Eagles / Obeasts? SAm1 Agentina Pumas?