23 Feb 2012

Super Rugby teams will have to adapt to longest-ever season

2:18 pm on 23 February 2012

Super Rugby teams will have to change the way they manage their squads to cope with the longest ever season in the southern hemsiphere's annual provincial championship, according to SANZAR chief Greg Peters.

The new format introduced last year took an injury toll on New Zealand teams. It includes a five-team conference in each of the three SANZAR countries.

Although there will be no more matches this year the season stretches from its launch tomorrow to the final on August the 4th with a three-week international break in June.

Peters says it's going to require a different management of those squads with the international players going off for three weeks and coming back, possibly with injuries, and the young players continuing to train.