Following a meeting of the Executive Committee, SANZAR has informed the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) that it is the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016.
SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said, “This week’s meeting was a significant step in the evolution of Super Rugby. 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. Following the Executive Committee’s decision however, SANZAR will now work exclusively with the JRFU to finalise arrangements for their entry in to Super Rugby, subject to execution of the formal participation agreement. Until this process is concluded, there will be no further comment from either party.”