Japan Awarded Super Rugby Franchise in 2016

By Community | October 24, 2014

Japan is set to host a new Super Rugby franchise, governing body SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) announced today.

The Asian country beat out Singapore as the preferred host for the 18th team in the expanded Super Rugby competition.

The southern hemisphere provincial competition will increase from 15 to 18 teams in 2016, with one team from South Africa and another from Argentina already awarded places.

Japan and Singapore were vying against each other for the last available spot with Japan getting the vote after a meeting of the South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby (SANZAR) executive board.

“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,” SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said in a statement.

“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.”