Yes. Rugby as a sport is the equal of its rivals. Super rugby at present is not.
It bloody well is not, not in Australia anyway. It has always been a minority sport, although for brief periods it looked as though we were breaking through.
Super Rugby is the pinnacle of the game here in Australia, except for Test matches. So if it is "not the equal of its rivals", that speaks volumes.
A game between the Waratahs and the Reds, for example, should always be a blockbuster, if our game is "the equal of its rivals". But it ain't.
One i my big gripes is the cash grab of proportionately letting more teams into the finals, in 2018 more then half the teams in the competition will make the finals, thats as good as handing out participation awards, 8 of the 15 teams will make the finals in 2018 with 7 teams missing out, which takes the probability of making the finals to an all time high for Super Rugby.
For comparison sake:
What happens if Australian Super Rugby has another year like or similar to last year.
Will rugby in its current format survive if the year repeats?????
Hard to imagine any other response from Tew other than "well you blokes had a spreadsheet showing three teams works - get on with it."
Remembering, of course, that no one can actually make Rugby Australia do it, they'd have to voluntarily reduce from four teams to three just as they volunteered to reduce from five to four at the SANZAAR board meeting in Dublin last March.