Rugby Australia President Hamish McLennan spoke in favor of giving Argentine and South African players a chance at their country’s teams as an option to raise the level of competition for the teams that are currently playing in Super Rugby Australia.
The idea was pronounced within the framework of the New Zealand project that projects a tournament for 2021, outside of Super Rugby as it was known until the beginning of this year and as a consequence of the coronavirus. The Kiwis announced that they will seek a competition that includes their five teams, plus one from the Pacific and two others from Australia.
This last statement was not well received on Wallaby land, where they currently have five teams after re-accepting Western Force as part of the most important competition at club level in that country.
That is why McLennan told his country’s media: “I absolutely recognize that we do not have the depth of Super Rugby that New Zealand has at the moment, but why would we not open our teams to some high-level players from South Africa, Argentina and even from the northern hemisphere to help them? “
“If you look at the strength of the AFL and NRL, they are both completely local, so if we have to do it alone, we will do it, but that is not my preferred option,” said the president of the Union, who added: ” More equipment equals more transmission dollars, which will lead to a private equity investment, if that’s the way we decide to go, “he said. “I think even if the kiwis got a slightly higher return on that investment, that would be totally fair and we both need more investment in our respective unions.”