Competitions across the world, including the PRO14, Super Rugby, the European Cup and the Six Nations have all been suspended indefinitely but in Australia, they have chose to be proactive in launching this new internal competition.
New Zealand also sought to create a competition among its five Super Rugby franchises but said Monday that would not be possible as the government moved toward a more comprehensive national lockdown.
New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson has confirmed his organisation will ask for financial assistance from the Government as the Covid-19 crisis worsens here.
Super Rugby teams are now the only rugby teams permitted to train or play games in Australia during the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the withdrawal of Japan's Sunwolves, who are part of the Australian Super Rugby conference, and the travel restrictions that are in place, Rugby Australia has approached the Western Force to join the four Australian Super Rugby teams to play in the new proposed domestic competition.More news: Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Possibly Delayed Due to COVID-19
"We know we've got some challenges in front of us but we've got a great team and a great sport and we remain positive about the future of our game", he said. It's just a matter of when.
It was too early to tell if Super Rugby players would be facing a pay cut as NZR was trying to pull together all of the relevant information before it was presented to the players, Robinson said.
"We'll have to work through in the next little while, when we'll ultimately have to make that call".
Attention will also turn to the worldwide window, with the All Blacks scheduled to host two Tests against Wales.
"We're in a situation where Martyn Phillips has said they'll take guidance from New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Government", Robinson said.More news: Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis
It was too early to say when or if Super Rugby could restart and he did not have a cutoff date of when it could be cancelled if it became too late in the season.
There is so far no indication when teams may regather, whether any more matches will be played in this Super Rugby season or whether mid-year test matches will go ahead.
"All New Zealand teams will cease training, and at this stage there are no decisions on the future of the Investec Super Rugby competition or the All Blacks Tests scheduled for July".
By staging the games NZ Rugby believed it could provide a quality product to rugby-starved fans, and to broadcaster Sky which is desperate for content in the wake of sports around the globe being canned.More news: NASA Hangs Deal At The James Webb Space Telescope