NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew says the Super Rugby format change should be confirmed in November.
The current Sanzaar broadcast deal ends in 2020, with a new Super Rugby format set to adopted from the 2021 season.
There has been talk of adding a Pacific islands team to the competition, while several players and coaches have urged Sanzaar to scrap the conference system and return to a league format.
Tew said the Sanzaar board hoped to sign off on the plans when it meets in London in November.
‘At the moment our goal is to determine the final structure and make-up of Super Rugby in November… that’s the timetable we’re working to. I’ve said it before and been wrong but that’s what we’re hoping for.
‘We’ve got four countries that all have different imperatives and positions and it’s not helpful to have that conversation in the public domain.’
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