No room for Super 15 on Gold Coast

Queensland Rugby Union chairman Peter Lewis says that there is no room for the Gold Coast on the Super 15 map. That is the message he told a meeting of rugby’s powerbrokers on Tuesday

Lewis was however reluctant to detail exactly what it was that he told a Sydney gathering of the country’s Super Rugby chairmen and chief executives in the company of Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill.

“Yes, I did raise all the concerns about the Gold Coast being so close to the Reds market up the highway,” Lewis told the Courier Mail.

“It was a full and frank meeting across a vast number of issues that concern all the Super 14 sides.”

When the Force started in 2005 the player raids that Queensland suffered contributed to an already-shaky Reds outfit plunging even further and the fear is that it could happen again – especially if the new team was so close to the Reds base.

John O’Neill has gone on record saying that he feels that Australia has enough talent to fill a new team if they get a few offshore players back and mix in a few Pacific Islanders.

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