Simon Poidevin (60)
But the type of competition being touted is more akin to the present NRC than to Super Rugby. And the typical crowds for NRC games are about 1/10th of the crowds to the SR derby games.
The NRC is a secondary competition given no real level of promotion. It uses greenfield franchises that were always going to take time to bed down. This competition uses established brands playing in a familiar format in many respects. It will also feature the best available talent. Something the NRC tends to not have with a great deal of consistency.
Should also be noted that boththe crowd and TV ratings for the NRC saw double digit growth last season. Albeit from a low base.
I should also note that I am effectively suggesting taking the NRC and re-organising it to be the primary vessel. Using our establish brands from SR and traditional representative structures.