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Japan and Singapore eye 2016 Super Rugby berth

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Tenders from Japan and Singapore will vie for a licence to enter the Super Rugby competition in 2016, governing body SANZAR has confirmed.

A decision is slated to be reached in September/October.

"We are now able to confirm that two parties from Asia will compete for the opportunity to join an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016," SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said.

"Asia is a region that has been the focus of considerable investment by the International Rugby Board in recent years and is a strategically sound location for the evolution of Super Rugby.

"We were happy with the number of responses received, however the two stand-out expressions of interest that were most attractive to the SANZAR Unions were received from Japan and Singapore."

The two bidders now have until mid-August to submit formal tender documents to be one of the 18 teams playing in 2016.

The other two teams added to the 15-franchise structure will be the Kings from South Africa's Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina.

AAP

8 comments so far

  • Let them both in.

    Let's face it, it's all about money and Asia is where the money and the market is. South Africa is saturated already and including the Kings is not going to enhance the comp. Yes, SA pulls the strings in SANZAR but that would only be short term as the cash flow increases from Asia. Two Asian teams and one from Argentina would enhance the international flavour. The other alternative would be to disband the Rebels to make room for the two teams. That would strengthen the remaining four Aussie sides.

    Commenter
    Alan
    Date and time
    July 17, 2014, 10:12AM
    • How about this for an option we pull out of Super rugby and go with the NRC, in 20 years exactly what has Super rugby achieved in this country.

      Ahh!!!! but we need the money, well that money has led to 2% of the population 18-24 choosing rugby union as their preferred sport.

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      Paul
      Date and time
      July 19, 2014, 8:13AM
  • Please be Tokyo. Please be Tokyo. Singapore is fine, but Japan is a very populous country - over 100 million - while Singapore is tiny. Plus I think the prospect of flying to Japan to watch rugby and doing other things (cultural, skiing, etc) make Japan my personal choice. I have no interest in going to Singapore for four days, but Japan for a week... Please be Tokyo. Not to mention the TV audience and marketing opportunities in Japan - and the big corporates that support rugby - huge money. It surely is the smart choice.

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    FredClark
    Location
    Dulwich Hill
    Date and time
    July 17, 2014, 10:33AM
    • Japan would be a great addition, but in having Singapore "in the mix", makes one wonder. Would not Hong Kong be the better option, if they happened to be interested? Hong Kong would offer so much more, than what Singapore, has in place, due to the fact, Hong Kong, do have a reasonably good domestic comp. in place, and in the future,with what is happening, as far as rugby goes, mainland China. The game is really starting to go places there.

      Commenter
      Muzzo
      Location
      Orange
      Date and time
      July 17, 2014, 3:52PM
      • Will it be reasonable to ask our S15 players to play in the 33+ heat in either S'pore or Japan from April to July? I think not and both should continue to be playing against teams from China, India, Sri Lanka and the Americas.

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        Akari
        Date and time
        July 18, 2014, 9:54AM
        • It's logistically backward to put an Asian franchise in the African conference mainly because Asia in an Australasian friendly time zone: better for TV if they join the Australian conference.

          Singapore would be doomed to fail. I live here and I can tell you the locals couldn't care less about sport let alone rugby. Japan? Maybe. But not as part of Africa. It makes more sense for West Australia Force to join the African conference and the Asian team to join the Australia conference.

          Sanzar needs to think harder.

          Commenter
          GNC
          Location
          Singapore
          Date and time
          July 20, 2014, 11:55AM
          • I can see it now..... Singapore v Rebels at a sold out primary school... no onw watches it now so what makes it laughable is the Yawnion think by expanding and watering it down is going to increase interest....doomed to fail!
            Focus on the product and make it atractive! (although lets face it thats impossible), cant wait to see this new domestic competition played in front of the reserves and the coaches and mum and dads... DOOMED TO FAIL!

            Commenter
            paps
            Date and time
            July 21, 2014, 8:39AM
            • Jeez, with something so important, I'm really hoping for some better opinions and debate here. Firstly, Paps ... you are a total dill; I fart in your general direction. Akari, a name like yours indicates you "might" know something about Japan, or at least the differences in climate, but obviously not! (yes, it's a very long country, so think about that; and no, it's not 33 plus for six months of the year everywhere!).

              GNC, your opening salvo doesn't even make sense -- so back to the "how to write" texts for you. Muzzo, your jumble of frantic ideas is not far behind GNC, but at a pinch I'm guessing your point is that China will just keep on keeping on, because that's what it's done since Deng's reforms. However, the future does not necessarily resemble the past, plus rugby is NOWHERE in China (apart from HK thanks to the poms). Paul, with the "I pull my facts out of my butt when it suits me" argument has nothing to say obviously, which leaves Alan and Fred. Alan: sorry mate but if you have a point, it hasn't appeared here; Fred, basically I agree but your skiing ambitions are not part of my reasoning.

              My view? Why would you EVEN CONSIDER having a team from Singapore over a team from Japan??? What kind of madness is that? In Asia, the growth potential is in Japan. End of story!

              Cheers,

              Slartibardfast

              Commenter
              Slartibardfast
              Location
              Asia
              Date and time
              July 21, 2014, 8:58PM

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