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SBD Global/July 7, 2014/Franchises

Consortium Led By David Levy Appears As Favorite To Secure NSW's Super Rugby License

A consortium led by Super Rugby side New South Wales Waratahs' sponsor Pet Resorts Founder David Levy has "firmed as favourite" to secure the team's Super Rugby license following the "elimination of a bid by former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. Dwyer's bid, "backed by multi-millionaire David Shein" and former Australian Rugby Union and NSW Rugby Union Chair Dilip Kumar, is "out of the running" for the license. Dwyer had intended to "transform the Waratahs in the same way he had revitalised French club Narbonne, growing the franchise from the grassroots, but indications are Levy is the preferred bidder." Levy's proposal is understood to have been the "most structured" of the competing bids. A third bidder, former ARU Dir Jon Collins, is a "potential dark horse" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/7).
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