READER REPORT:

Super Rugby: Time to boot SA for Japan?

CHRIS JONES
Last updated 12:00 18/07/2014
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GETTING IN ON THE ACT: There is a lot of support for Japan joining the Super Rugby competition.

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Is expanding the Super Rugby competition a good move?

Following the announcement that Japan or Singapore will get a Super Rugby franchise, we asked our readers to tell us whether Sanzar is on the right track.

There are numerous upsides to bringing in Japan.

Firstly, they have the ability. Japan is now ranked in the top 10, regularly beats its Pacific Island neighbours and in the past couple of years recorded wins against Wales, Scotland and Argentina.

It is also a popular sport, in a very heavily populated area. I believe Japan has more registered rugby players than New Zealand and Australia combined.

We all know the money that Japan rugby has, so that's a no-brainer.

Personally, I'd love to see South Africa booted from the competition.

My option A: Super 15/16 with a team in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and either two or three in Japan. The money generated from Japanese TV, sponsors, etc would easily compensate for any that is lost from South Africa.

My option B: Super 14 with four Japanese teams. The Japanese teams would naturally pick up a lot of island players, so further help the rugby in the area.


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