Rebels aim to be top Melbourne Super15 team

The Melbourne Rebels will urge the Australian Rugby Union to select just one of the two Victorian groups applying for the Super 15 team franchise for stage two of the selection process for when Super Rugby expands to a Super 15 in 2011.


They will obviously say that it should be the Rebels which means that if they get their way two of the three Victorian groups will immediately be eliminated.


The ARU are scheduled to meet each of the three groups on Wednesday and Thursday this week before naming which of the bids will progress to the second phase at the end of the week.


The ARU has said it would not have an issue endorsing not only all three Victorian Super 15 bids, but all six Australian bids if they were good enough.


Orginally Australia had seven Super 15 bids but earlier this week the NSW Country Rugby Union withdrew their interest in participating in the Super 15.


The Rebels bid which is from the Victorian Rugby Union will make their pitch to the ARU on wednesday.


Bid boss Gary Gray said he would make it clear that no one could put together the best possible bid if it had to compete for local support.


“And I believe all the local groups that have lodged bids share my opinion that the best possible outcome for Melbourne and its chances of winning the licence is one endorsed bid,” Gray told the Herald Sun.


“Whichever bids get to progress to the next stage have only five weeks to finalise financial and commercial arrangements.”


“That would be extremely difficult in an atmosphere where any potential partners are being courted by three different suitors.”


“In this situation, having localised competition isn’t the best way to move forward.”


The Victorian Government is also believed to be a supporter of just one local bid and has made that clear to the ARU.


A huge team has been working to put together the Rebels  Super 15 bid, even enlisting the help of several corporate giants, including KPMG, to put together the most professional and credible Super 15 case possible.

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