If Australia suddenly has 3x Rep Weekends, expect them to no longer take part in the tournament. The RLIF / APRLC will use the opportunity to play the event between the other six Test status Pacific Nations. Anyway, whilst less than ideal, the reason why the Oceania Cup is so short is simply because the RLIF wanted the event to happen 3 out of every 4 years. If it was a once every 4 year event, adding a Final or having everyone play everyone else would have been achievable, but Australia don't want to play more than 2 Tests the year after a World Cup and NZ wanted the ability to host tours and go on tours. Unfortunately for everyone it looks like in the short term that the maximum number of matches the Tier 1 nations may play (outside of World Cup years) in a year is 6. 1x Mid Year and 4-5x Post Season. England played 6x last year, NZ would have if France didn't cancel their Test. NZ will go 4x this year plus the World 9s. Australia will claim their 4x via the PMXIII, World 9s and Oceania Cup, whilst next year they have as a minimum 1x Test v NZ and 3x against England.