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States split over Super 14 competition

By David Beniuk 12/09/2005 07:49:19 PM Comments (0)

Australian rugby's Super 14 franchises agree a new elite national competition should start next year, but are split over the type of championship it should be.

Chief executives from the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia met at the Australian Rugby Union's Sydney headquarters with discussions centring on the creation of an Australian provincial competition.

"We haven't reached a resolution on that yet," ARU chief executive Gary Flowers said. "There's still quite a bit of work to be done.

"It's fair to say that Western Australia and ACT are very supportive of the concept. There's still some work to do in terms of a number of concerns that both the QRU have and the NSWRU have."

The ARU presented its "four-team" model at the meeting which would see the four Australian franchises playing each other after the completion of the Super 14.

Flowers said two Japanese teams may also be involved in a non-competitive invitational role.

Last Thursday the NSWRU presented an expanded Sydney and Brisbane club competition model to its Queensland counterparts and the two powerful rugby states remain concerned about the timing of the ARU's proposal and its impact on Premier Rugby.

"We've just got to make sure that we're careful with what we do and we don't kill off what's been going well so far, albeit the need for it to change," NSWRU chief executive Fraser Neill said.

There was no formal presentation from the NSWRU at the gathering, but Neill said he had spoken about "the philosophy of where we wanted to head with it".

The NSWRU's proposed model could mean current Premier Rugby clubs in NSW and Queensland missing out or being forced into mergers.

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