NOT SO SUPER: England coach Eddie Jones questions the value of the Rebels and the Force to Australian rugby.
NOT SO SUPER: England coach Eddie Jones questions the value of the Rebels and the Force to Australian rugby. Koji Sasahara

Jones says punt Force and Rebels

RUGBY: England coach Eddie Jones says the time might be right for Australia to go back to three Super Rugby teams.

Jones, who coached the Reds and the Brumbies, said while the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels had done some good things, he questioned what the franchises brought to the competition.

"The reason Australia wanted to have more than the three Super Rugby teams was to create extra depth so the immediate question that needs to be answered is have those two extra teams strengthened the Wallabies?” Jones told stuff.co.nz

"If they have then keep them. If they haven't then they've got to look at whether they should persevere with them or not.”

Jones said Australian rugby officials needed to have good, hard look at the future of the game.

"As a coach I don't get paid to work out the contracts but that's very much part of the equation,” he said.

"I've always said Australia is best to have the three teams and the best players playing with each other.

"That creates hot competition to get into Super Rugby and adds extra to everything that happens in Australian rugby.

"The Force and the Rebels have done some good things but I don't think it's added considerably to Australian rugby at the moment.

"They've got to really question whether they continue with them.”

SANZAAR has been reviewing the Super Rugby format.

No decision has been made on the future of the competition beyond 2018, however.


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