ARU finally submit Super15 bid to SANZAR

After a near month-long delay, the Australian Rugby Union officially lodged an application on Friday from Melbourne to become the 15th Super Rugby team when the SANZAR competition expands in 2011.

There is one other competitor for the additional Super rugby license from the South African Rugby Union representing the Southern Kings from the Eastern Cape.

The successful applicant, which will play in a five-team Australian conference, will be announced on Oct. 21.

The other 10 teams will be contained in two five-team conferences based in New Zealand and South Africa.

The teams in the Super 15 will play home-and-away matches against each team in their conference, as well as a round against the bulk of teams from other two conferences.

On Sept. 1, the ARU, citing “unresolved issues” among several Melbourne groups bidding for the license, said it had deferred the issue until later in the month.

There had been reports of infighting among the three groups that entered bids, including between a private group and Victoria state’s established rugby union.

















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