Three teams have been cut from the Super Rugby competition.
Last night SANZAAR, which runs the competition, announced from next year it will move from 18 teams to 15.
South Africa will lose two teams, Australia one - although the unions have yet to decide which teams will go.
It comes after the competition expanded last year to include teams from Japan and Argentina, and the creation of a conference system many criticised.
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew tells Morning Report he hopes the changes will draw fans back in and improve the game of rugby by increasing depth to the current teams.