Super Rugby signals Asian expansion in 2016
allblacks.com 17 Jul 2014
SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said, "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. 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.
"Each bid has the support of the respective National Unions and includes other interested parties who will provide commercial and business support required for a venture of this nature."
The two bidders now have until mid-August to submit formal tender documents, outlining why they are best-positioned to join the world's premier international provincial rugby competition when it expands to 18 teams in 2016.
The bids will be assessed against the key criteria of commercial value, infrastructure, geographic location, rugby readiness and ongoing sustainability.
The return of the Kings from South Africa's Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina have already been confirmed by SANZAR when the format was announced in May.
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