September 01, 2021
Moana Pasifika chair Sir Michael Jones is happy and has given thumbs up to the new Super Rugby Pacific format.
He said the format gives them a fair chance to compete with the best Super Rugby New Zealand and Super Rugby Australia teams together with Fijian Drua.
"That adds another dimension and makes it even more attractive.”
"If you can get into those quarterfinals, the top eight, anything can happen from there. A little bit like what happens in the NRL.”
"Also there's the whole emphasis on local derbies, too, so we couldn't be more pleased with it," he told Radio NZ.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moana Pasifika's home games would primarily be in New Zealand, they were keen to play in Samoa and Tonga if Covid restrictions allowed.
"If that can't happen in year one, it will definitely be an aspiration for year two.”
"It is something that's very much determined by the Covid restrictions.”
"We're looking forward to playing in front of a really vibrant, colourful and vocal fan base, whether that's here in New Zealand or back in the Islands,” he added.
Starting in February, the competition will see the 12 teams playing over a 15-week regular season followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and a final.
By Romeka Romena