Campese: Super Rugby is a disaster

David Campese (Gallo Images)
David Campese (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Wallaby wing David Campese has heavily criticised the new Super Rugby format.

The tournament has been expanded to 18 teams, with 135 matches scheduled for the regular season.

"It’s ridiculous. They’re trying to create something that’s not really viable," Campese told Planet Rugby.

"Realistically it’s just going to be an absolute nightmare. There doesn’t seem to be any thought going into the players’ welfare about the travelling. No one seems to know. It’s an absolute mess.”

South Africa’s Southern Kings, Argentina’s Jaguares and Japan’s Sunwolves have joined the competition this year, but Campese has questioned the inclusion of these teams.

"Money’s great, but on the other hand if you want to (increase the) competition why not bring in the Pacific Islands as well? Why have you got to go to Japan?

"It's a total mess and I think something major is going to happen to make them change their mind."

With the addition of the Kings, South Africa is also the only nation in the competition to boast six teams – something Campese is not all too happy with.

"In South Africa you’ve got six teams - two of them are basically club teams. It's a disaster.”

Campese, 52, played 101 Tests for the Wallabies between 1982 and 1996.

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