Argentina team to join expanded Super Rugby

Last updated 22:58 20/02/2014

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Super Rugby's expansion beyond 2015 will include a team from Argentina, as well as a sixth South African side, Sanzar confirmed tonight.

Sanzar chief executive Greg Peters described the meeting of the group’s executive committee in Sydney as "another important step in deciding the future of Super Rugby". 

The Southern Hemisphere rugby collective, representing New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, is working on a model to take to broadcasters as part of negotiations for the next TV deal.

"Encouraging progress was made and we now have a preferred model that involves six teams from South Africa and a new team from Argentina," Peters said.

"The model will now be taken to the national unions for approval before Sanzar presents its final position to broadcasters and fans in due course."

Chief interest will now lie in what format the new competition takes, and whether there will be any further changes to the lineup of teams.

NZRU boss Steve Tew, a member of the executive, has described it as a difficult process to come up with a compromise that satisfies both the rugby and financial needs of all three member countries.

The Australian Rugby Union wants more product to take to their market, the NZRU believes it's imperative that the new competition occupies no more of a window than the current one, and South African just wanted that sixth team.

One of the three has had their desires met. Further discussions and announcements will tell us whether the other two member nations emerge equally content.

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