SINGAPORE: South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR), the body that runs Super Rugby, has decided that Japan is its preferred candidate for the competition’s 18th team when it expands in 2016.
SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said in a press release on Friday (Oct 24): “Compelling proposals were put forth by Japan and Singapore in what was a very competitive tender process and we thank both parties for their passion in sharing our vision to expand the competition to new fans, territories and commercial markets.
“While ultimately edged out in this instance, Singapore presented a highly attractive bid and we will maintain a positive relationship with an eye to potentially working with them in the future,” said Mr Peters.
He added that SANZAR will now work exclusively with the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) to finalise arrangements for their entry to Super Rugby, subject to execution of the formal participation agreement.
No further comment from either party will be issued until the process is concluded, he said.