Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Three's a crowd

In case anyone hadn't noticed the Tri Nations kicked off last Saturday with New Zealand beating South Africa in the opening game in Wellington.

This week the action moves to Dunedin where New Zealand take on...err...South Africa again.

Then, next week Australia play South Africa in Perth, before taking on New Zealand in Sydney the following week.

Then New Zealand play Australia, South Africa play New Zealand, South Africa play Australia, then South Africa play Australia again, before the tournament finally wraps up on 13th September with Australia playing New Zealand, this time in Brisbane.

I think you see where I'm going with this.

I appreciate that the quality on show in the southern hemisphere is superior to that up north, but how on earth are rugby fans supposed to maintain an interest in a competition that drags on for so long with so little variety? The standard of play Six Nations might not be up to the southern hemisphere's lofty standards but as a competition it knocks spots off the Tri Nations in terms of excitement, verve and diversity.

Rumours abound that SANZAR are talking about opening up the Tri Nations to include the likes of Argentina and Fiji. I'll believe it when I see it but in all honesty it can't happen soon enough.

1 comment:

Nursedude said...

I agree, TF. I think you can only sell rivalries so much. I think getting either Argentina, Fiji, or both to expand the tournament would be great for fans and increasing world wide interest in the game. When Europe decided to add Italy, they were whipping boys for quite a while, now Italy is much improved. Last year they beat both Scotland and Wales, and in the RWC were this close to beating Scotland, which would have meant a quarterfinal slot.