Richie champions change

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw believes the expansion of the Super 14 is the right way forward.

It’s likely that the an extra team will be added to the competition by 2011 while the current Tri-Nations tournament is also under review. McCaw believes the Super 15, which would involve an extended finals and revised conference-based schedule, will benefit all concerned.

“I think it’s inevitable that something needs to be done,” McCaw told The Press. “If we can get something that works better than we have got at the moment, you have to go for it and try and work out the best thing that is going to suit southern hemisphere rugby, not just New Zealand but everywhere.”

The new torunament would also start in March allowing players who’ve toured with their respective national teams in November an opportunity to rest. It would also allow for a longer Super Rugby pre-season.

“It will give teams a chance to work their way into things,” said McCaw. “You will be able to start a bit later as well and that will give a window for guys to be really raring to go and I think it will up the interest with a few extra teams.”