Not so Super

Next year’s Vodacom Super 14 is set to be a non-event with Wallabies coach John Connolly also wanting his players rested during the tournament.

Graham Henry has already hinted that his top All Blacks will be rested during the Super 14, while the top Boks have been withdrawn from Currie Cup rugby for the next two years and may also miss the Sanzar competition if Jake White has his way.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Connolly will soon begin a negotiation process with Australia’s four Super 14 teams to get some rest for his stars.

“If we learnt anything from last year, it is that we have to manage our players very carefully,” Connolly said. “In a World Cup year and with the Super 14 starting early, we can’t expect them to play right through until October. We have to come to some agreement with the states.”

The newspaper reported that Australian Rugby Union was still mulling over the issue of resting players.

“We’re looking at the issue, but nothing has been agreed upon. It will be something we will assess over the test season,” said chief operations manager Rob Clarke.