Michael Lynagh (62)
It does not haver to be Super Rugby standard to be successful as if it can promote good rivalries between different sides involved and provide uncertainty of outcome with other entertainment package in, it can be successful.Yeah, one of the key things it is waiting on is Rugby Australia.
WSR is not intended to be a "rebel" league. The preference is that it should be an Aus domiciled competition, and if that is to be the case then Rugby Australia need to approve.
Rugby Australia don't really want to get on board while Super rugby is uncertain and some juice remains in it. The soup hasn't turned to dust yet, it's still mud!
So they want to delay past the post-2020 Sanzaar decision that's meant to be made in the next few months, according to Steve Tew.
The World Series Rugby teams being canvassed are not greenfield entities, they don't start from zero. But any 2019 WSR comp will start (if it starts) at a realistic playing standard. It will be below the current soup. A lot of rugby's general focus will be on the RWC next year, but 2020 will be where it begins to get interesting.
And in time as you say could grow to be and even surpass Super Rugby standard but definitely that is not the key criteria for success at the moment, particularly as putting a lot teams in who don't have professional team environment or have great home appeal (e.g. Japanese teams) to support.