Australia would reject the New Zealand Rugby Super Rugby proposal and seek to negotiate on an equal footing after probing Argentina and Japan about their interest in alternative models.
According to international media, Rugby Australia CEO Rob Clarke has been exchanging emails with his NZR colleague Mark Robinson, but a request to present his interest in the competition to host from 2021 is expected to be ignored.
For his part, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper intervened in the debate during an interview with Fox Sports that aired in the last few hours. And he said: “I have been surprised by some of the comments from New Zealand. I think it is a business at the end of the day. We need each other. There are also other options. I want to play rugby.”
Meanwhile, everything indicates that in Australia they are already working on a plan B: an eight-team competition with the five Australian professional teams, a team from Fiji, an Argentine team and Sunwolves.