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SBD Global/November 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Meeting Of SANZAR Countries In London Will Chart Future Of Super Rugby

The three SANZAR countries "will meet in London on Friday to discuss the future of Super Rugby following South Africa's rejection of a proposed two-conference system, that would have seen Argentina join the competition," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. SANZAR "must now reach a compromise for a new competition model, which will be a key component in the renegotiation of the Super Rugby broadcast agreement with News Corp Australia." SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said, "We are still in discussions with the three unions on what the future looks like. We are at an option stage, which will be further considered over the next two to three weeks with hopefully finding a resolution before the end of the year." Peters said that the two-conference system "was the only model which satisfied all three of SANZAR's design requirements." Asked whether SANZAR would consider the possibility of the sixth South African team playing in another conference, Peters said, "That has been discussed before. The big issue with that is if you relocate a team out of its own geography how do you create a community of interest around that team?" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/13).
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