Kiwis want Pacific team

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:30
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New Zealand's Super Rugby coaches are pushing for a team of Pacific island players to be included in the competition when it expands in 2016.

New Zealand's Super Rugby coaches are pushing for a team of Pacific island players to be included in the Southern Hemisphere competition when it expands in 2016.

The team, based in Auckland, would be part of an 18-team competition under a proposal from the head coaches of New Zealand's five existing Super Rugby teams, the New Zealand Herald reported.

It said the competition would also include a Japanese team and South Africa's Southern Kings and Golden Lions.

The Herald said Argentina would not have a team in the proposed competition, but franchises would be allowed to sign Argentine players.

The proposal would be a major boost for Pacific nations such as Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, which struggle to retain players because of poor infrastructure and lack of meaningful competition.

Basing the team in Auckland would provide a ready-made player pool and fan base, due to the city's large Pacific population, the report said.

The SANZAR countries - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - are looking to expand the Super Rugby tournament when the current broadcast deal expires at the end of 2015.

The move is being driven by South Africa's insistence that it field six teams, rather than the current five entered by all three countries.


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