The last few days have been really interesting with the rumours that South Africa may join the Six Nations. Objectively it would make a lot of sense for them. The timezones line up really well and the travel would generally be much easier for them.
It's becoming more and more apparent that New Zealand rugby isn't well liked internationally. Scotty Stevenson was pretty outspoken on Twitter that the relationship with South Africa and Australia isn't great. With the mess that Super Rugby is in and the provincial unions in various degrees of disarray there are incredibly significant problems that need to be addressed. The NZRU has contracted an un-named consultancy to conduct a strategic review. One would assume that there will be some fairly significant redundancies to get the costs of the NZRU under control.
Nobody goes to Super Rugby or provincial rugby and the All Blacks don't sell out anymore. Super Rugby is a plastic TV driven competition which the NZRU has increasingly devalued. Now that Tew and Hansen have gone the media are increasingly writing about the real issues that rugby has in New Zealand. In many ways it appears that their longevity in their roles may have held back the game overall. It was great for the performance of the All Blacks but overall it doesn't appear to have been positive for New Zealand rugby.
I hope Mark Robinson and Brett Impey are willing to be honest with themselves about where the game is at and make significant changes to the way the NZRU runs its self.