Rugby Australia give deadline to New Zealand on finalising trans-Tasman competition

Rugby Australia wants all five teams to be part of the trans-Tasman competition
Rugby Australia wants all five teams to be part of the trans-Tasman competition
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Rugby Australia has given a deadline of three weeks for their New Zealand counterpart on finalising the trans-Tasman competition in 2021.

New Zealand Rugby had come up with a proposal for a revamped 10-team Super Rugby competition that will include five of their local teams, four from Australia and one from Pacific Island.

Nevertheless, RA had responded back to include their fifth team - Western Force - which was axed from the Super Rugby competition in 2017 - in the proposed competition with a deadline until 4th September.

“We can’t wait much longer on the whole trans-Tasman competition decision,” said RA interim chief executive Rob Clarke to the reporters.

“We have a put deadline for broadcast submissions for Sept. 4 ... So D-day is coming.”

Following the disruption of 2020 Super Rugby season due to the pandemic coronavirus, New Zealand and Australia are having their own local competition to make amends for the financial loss and Clarke is confident of continuing the Super Rugby AU in 2021 if NZR fail to respond positively.

“We’ve been very consistent on that,” added Clarke.

“We’ve been increasingly buoyed by the quality of the competition.

“We’ve been saying this to NZ ... that we’re very confident in the quality of our up-and-coming talent.”

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