Super Rugby will be short and sharp but critical to the future of the game in Australia | Bret Harris

The shortened, slimmed-down competition kicks off this week with its success or otherwise set to have a lasting impactIt will be the shortest season in Australian Super Rugby history, but it will potentially have the biggest impact on the game in 25 years of professional rugby. The prosaically-named Super Rugby AU competition kicks off this weekend with the Queensland Reds hosting the NSW Waratahs in Brisbane and the Brumbies accommodating the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra.The five-team competition, which also includes the Western Force, will only run for three months, but it will determine the…

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