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Opinion: Expect some Kiwi rugby retribution in weeks to come

Every man and a few dogs have been asked about the unfairness of it all, the unjustness of the Super Rugby competition. It looks like it's been organised by the mothers of European kids playing rugby against bigger Islander boys.

With a straight bat, the Chiefs first-five diplomatically steered any opinion to the company line. Source: 1 NEWS

It's been a test of New Zealand's rugby players collective diplomacy and no one has wavered too far despite the undercurrent of WTF. 

Like hiking through the woods, the slowest members of the pack have been catered for - in competition mode, a handicap applied.

Who knows what sort of horse-trading and veiled blackmailing went on in the renegotiations for the Blooper 18.

Wear this hot pink tank top New Zealand Rugby or you can have your NPC, we're going to form a new competition with anyone who will take us.

"The latest little hurdles are the challenge the Kiwi teams will relish"

What 2016 has proved is New Zealand rugby (on the field) is on another planet.

There's a self-perpetuating internal drive drip feeding from the All Blacks down and at times, many times in fact watching Kiwi teams has been more than enough; forget the rest.

Two, maybe three doses of futuristic rugby each weekend has been the perfect amount.

Back to the players' diplomacy. They've called the revamp a little crazy, lopsided, BS in lighter speak.

One day the New Zealand rugby empire will fall but it won't be because of a handicapped tournament - Dave Agnew

There's the real chance someone from New Zealand's gold standard conference going to South Africa to play either the Stormers or Lions. Bugger it? No, bring it on.

Self perpetuation needs drivers and the latest little hurdles are the challenge the Kiwi teams will relish.

If the Stormers think they can cruise through without playing a Kiwi team, wait until they finally hit one, playing an offload game that has morphed into rugby 'tipaneeze' where rucks are the second choice.

The ludicrous format is going to get a couple more sword cuts yet.

The Lions have some street-cred having played four Kiwi teams and they beat two - the Blues who were on a low ebb after scraping past the Kings and the Chiefs very early on.

Granted, they deserve a playoff spot at home but top of the table with an Ellis Park final a very edible carrot?

The Canes put fifty on them in Jo'Burg.

One day the New Zealand rugby empire will fall but it won't be because of a handicapped tournament.

In the meantime, enjoy the evolution of rugby.