Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Rugby Bosses Push for Fifth Australian Team

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Rugby Bosses Push for Fifth Australian Team

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THE Australian Rugby Union believes the all-important broadcasters will support the 15th Super rugby side being based in Australia, rather than South Africa.

The final piece in the new Super 15 jigsaw remains up in the air despite agreement among SANZAR partners Australia, New Zealand and South Africa that the expansion side will play in a five-team Australian conference.

That hasn't stopped South Africa saying they will bid to play in that conference through their Southern Kings side.

The ARU is equally insistent the team should be based in Australia, with the Gold Coast, Melbourne and western Sydney emerging as early contenders.

"We want the 15th team in Australia," ARU deputy CEO Matt Carroll said yesterday.

"We think we'll have a very compelling case and we think the broadcasters will be supportive of it."

Super 14's Australian broadcaster Fox Sports said that was true enough for them, but broadcasters in the other SANZAR countries might have different ideas. …

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