Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says he is a fan of next year's revamped Super Rugby competition structure and believes it is important to keep a Japanese team involved moving forward.
Following the news an Australian Super Rugby team will be cut from the competition next year, the Australian Rugby Union has been criticised by some for agreeing to chop a local side while the Sunwolves kept their place.
Gibson says it is sad to see an Australian side dropped but stressed it was important to have a Japanese presence in Super Rugby.
As of next year, the Waratahs will play the four other teams in their conference twice, home and away, something Gibson has approved.
Gibson, a former All Black, said the new structure would reward the best teams even more.
A re-look at the Super Rugby results at the weekend, the Crusaders thrashed the Sunwolves 50 points to 3, the Reds beat the Kings 47-34, the Hurricanes defeated the Blues 28-24, the Rebels beat the Brumbies 19-17, the Chiefs defeated the Cheetahs 41-27, the Lions ended the Stormers unbeaten run with a 29-16 win and the Bulls defeated the Jaguares 26-13.
This week, the Hurricanes meet the Brumbies at 7.35pm Friday, the Lions meet the Jaguares at 6am Saturday and the Crusaders clash with the Stormers at 7.35pm Saturday.