NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 07:30 am

Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa: Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith reveals dissatisfaction with current competition format

Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa: Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith reveals dissatisfaction with current competition format
The Highlander isn't a fan of the current make-up of Super Rugby Aotearoa.

All Blacks and Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith has voiced his true feelings surrounding the structure of Super Rugby Aotearoa, suggesting the older format was more enjoyable for players.The New Zealand-focused competition was seen as a temporary fix to the untenable 15-team Super Rugby tournament amid the global pandemic.He was asked whether he preferred the current or older format of Super Rugby." All Blacks and Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith misses the travel aspect of Super Rugby.

The Super Rugby landscape will receive a fresh injection of fixtures with the transtasman competition kicking off on May 14, a week after both the New Zealand and Australian domestic tournaments wrap up, offering a brief return to older days of Sanzaar's club tournament.2021 marks the second and final year of the makeshift competition solely held in New Zealand involving all five franchises.

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