VRU vows to push for Super 15

The Victorian Rugby Union has vowed to push forward with its bid for a Super 15 licence despite the emergence of another consortium wanting a Super Rugby team in Melbourne.

Officials from soccer club Melbourne Victory have reportedly met with Australian Rugby Union officials in Melbourne around the time of the Wallabies’ June 20 second Test against Italy.

But VRU president Gary Gray yesterday said he was unaware of Victory’s involvement.

“I haven’t spoken to Geoff (Lord, Victory chairman) about it.” Gray told the Herald Sun.

”We’ve had conversations before about ways in which any Super Rugby teams could work with the Storm and the Victory at the one venue,” Gray said.

“If Geoff or anyone else is having a crack that’s their entitlement.”

Gray said the VRU bid would still go ahead.

“Nothing changes. We never thought that there wouldn’t be people interested in kicking the tyres on this opportunity,” he said.

“Melbourne deserves rugby and rugby deserves Melbourne. We must have Super Rugby in Melbourne in 2011 as part of the expanded competition.”

The ARU will announce the winning bid on October 31.

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