New Zealand Rugby confirmed in the last hours the news that had been shuffling a few months ago: the Pacific islands will have two representative teams in the Super Rugby 2022.
Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua will be the two casts along with the five teams from New Zealand and the five from Australia who will play next year.
NZR board member and former Samoa and All Blacks legend Sir Michael Jones said the announcement was a significant milestone.
“We are now on the cusp of realizing a desire to include Pasifika in our professional game and the opportunity to embrace all that comes with that. With the approval of the licenses, Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua can now move forward with the final stages of their business plans and crucially begin to secure their playlists and training for the upcoming season. It’s an exciting time for rugby, ”Jones concluded.
For his part, NZR CEO Mark Robinson said: “We are moving towards the final planning phase for 2022 and beyond, and we are confident that Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua will be able to fulfill the license conditions, which include the final approval of a sustainable business plan before June 30 “.