Global expansion for Super Rugby?

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:35
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SANZAR CEO Greg Peters says they are mulling over expanding Super Rugby to Canada, America, Argentina and Asia from 2016.

SANZAR CEO Greg Peters says they are mulling over expanding Super Rugby to Canada, America, Argentina and Asia from 2016.

Canada and the United States have been included in this year's Pacific Nations Cup while Argentina joined the SANZAR nations in the expanded Rugby Championship from last year.

Super Rugby’s five-year broadcast deal expires in 2016 and Peters said SANZAR are considering overhauling the competition from a southern hemisphere tournament to a global spectacle.        

"We are considering whether or not we will include new territories in Super Rugby and one of the factors we'll be weighing up is their competitiveness," Peters told The Australian.

"Super Rugby in its present form is a pretty successful model ... and we are not going to water it down."

"But we'd be derelict in our duty if we didn't consider expanding into areas.

"The United States is a very big market and so is Japan and Asia generally."

"Ultimately it all comes down to what is in the best interests of the three SANZAR parties."

Peters conceded that the travel factor would have to be weighed up as Super Rugby already demands the most travel of any sports league in the world.

"Player welfare is a big consideration,” Peters said.

“That said, the conference system does provide us with a degree of flexibility, either in terms of adding new conferences or adding new teams to existing conferences."

This year’s tournament will see the introduction of a new franchise in the Southern Kings, who will replace the Johannesburg-based Lions in the South African conference.

The Lions will have an opportunity to regain their place in the competition when they meet the last-placed South African side in a two-legged promotion/relegation series later this year.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9