referring to The television ratings will be noted with relief by Super Rugby bosses and Australian Rugby Union head office, particularly after a disappointing showing at stadiums around the country.
AdvertisementNevertheless, business is tough for the Australian Super Rugby teams, who have fewer home games than ever before to bring in precious revenue.
SHAREShare on Facebook SHAREShare on Twitter TWEETLink Damp start: The wet weather kept Waratahs fans at home in round one of the Super Rugby season.
Photo: Getty ImagesThe first Thursday night game in Super Rugby, between the Rebels and Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne, drew a much smaller average audience of 48,000.
Ratings were also up for the Reds’ first home game of the season, against South African team the Sharks.
Minnows chance to impress before Super Rugby cull talks
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew believes that one massively lopsided scoreline should not be held against the Sunwolves, but added Super Rugby needed matches to be competitive.
“A classic situation would be if you were the Western Force and you were bounced out of the competition.
Already there is talk of going back to a 15-team competition next season with South Africa dropping two sides and Australia one.
“There is no secret that we’re trying to get an agreement as to what 2018 will look like.”
“Clearly the expansion has tested a number of countries’ abilities to be competitive and that’s the challenges we’re working our way through,” he said.
Super Rugby teams: Week 2 line-ups, squads, injury news, previews, referees
Test hooker James Hanson has been named to start, while outside centre Mitch Inman — a late scratching last week — is the other change.
Source: News Corp AustraliaHURRICANES v REBELS in Wellington, Saturday 3.15pm AEDTNRL convert Marika Koroibete will make his Super Rugby debut against last year’s champions the Hurricanes.
NRL convert Marika Koroibete has been named to make his Super Rugby debut for the Rebels while Waratahs star Bernard Foley has suffered a setback.
Lock Irne Herbst suffered concussion in the loss to the Jaguares last week and us replaced by Tyler Paul.
Dixon is one of three changes to the starting side, with tight-head prop Siosuia Halanukonuka called in ahead of Siate Tokolahi.
This content may collect you by Silina Daniel