Sean Fitzpatrick believes Super Rugby should be split into two divisions

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick believes changes to the Super Rugby format need to be made. Photo / Photosport
Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick believes changes to the Super Rugby format need to be made. Photo / Photosport

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick believes that Super Rugby should be divided into two tiers as a solution to making the competition more competitive.

This comes after SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos says the 18-team conference format won't be changing for the foreseeable future.

However, with not everyone playing each other and teams with lower points tallies receiving home playoff matches, the competition structure has been widely criticised, with players, coaches, fans and media personalities all voicing their disapproval.

Speaking to Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast, Fitzpatrick said he believes the competition needs to be more competitive, saying he would like to see the structure of the competition broken into two divisions.

"I think it needs to be more competitive," said Fitzpatrick.

"I would like to see it maybe broke into two divisions in terms of ten in each division, you have the top ten teams and then you have the next top ten teams and you have it up and down [promotion and relegation] each year.

"I think you can make it work, but it needs to be competitive if we like watching competitive rugby.

"I'm a fan of inclusion, but it needs to be competitive."

The 92-test World Cup winner used the Sunwolves as an example, saying a match between the Sunwolves and the Jaguares was a good match, but a match between the Sunwolves and the Chiefs was not.

The 2017 Super Rugby draw will be announced today.

- NZ Herald

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