Following a report issued by the Sydney Morning Herald that suggested the competition will cull more teams, most likely the Sunwolves, Super Rugby boss and SANZAAR Chief Executive Andy Marinos has issued a public statement to address concerns.
The statement reads:
"The recent reports in the media around the next iteration of the Super Rugby tournament are nothing more than speculative. As a business we are presently looking at our future competition structures from 2021 onwards, a matter that has been widely reported in the media. We have not reached any definitive decisions around our future competition including the number of teams that will participate in the future structure."
"We will continue to engage with our stakeholders specifically the national unions (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) and our broadcasters, as we plan ahead for the future and the next broadcast cycle that commences in 2021."
"If there are any changes to our structure we will communicate this at the appropriate time," added Marinos.
The Sunwolves – who have won just five matches across their first three seasons – are believed to be at risk should the competition return to 14 teams but another SA side are reportedly interested in joining the Southern Kings and Cheetahs abroad.