SANZAR calls for Super 15 applications

The body that runs the Super 14 and the TriNations SANZAR has called for expressions of interest from applicants who want to join Super Rugby from 2011 when the Super 14 is expanded to a Super 15.

This is the first step in the process of expanding the tournament and SANZAR say that they expect to name the location of the 15th team by November this year.

The body has released a statement that says the geographical location and the time-zone of the new team will be a key consideration for SANZAR as the 15th team will play in the Australian Conference.

The request for expressions of interest document has been provided to the Australian, New Zealand and South African rugby unions so they can identify potential Super Rugby applicants from within their countries.

The expressions of interest from these territories must in the first instance be provided to the national union, that will take into account the criteria established by SANZAR, to determine whether to endorse the application or not.

South Africa have already suggested that the Southern Kings in the Eastern Cape be awarded the 15th franchise.

The Samoan Rugby Union have been also provided with the expression of interest document so that it can consider whether it wishes to mount a bid.

SANZAR also wrote to the National Rugby Unions of Argentina, Canada, Fiji, Japan, USA and Tonga and advised that, while SANZAR is not considering them as potential expansion locations for the 15th team, SANZAR see the change in the competition format from 2011 as a first step in positioning Super Rugby  to allow for future opportunities.

SANAR say that potential Super Rugby applicants need to register their interest with SANZAR by July 22.


The current February-to-May season will extend to August in 2011 for the Super 15 with a three-week break during June for Test fixtures involving the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks.

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