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RugbyU: Japan, Singapore chase Asia licence in Super Rugby

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:22 AM
Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith passes the ball during the Super Rugby clash match between South Africa's Western Stormers and New Zealand's Otago Highlanders, at Newlands stadium in Cape Town on May 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Super Rugby organisers SANZAR have confirmed their competition is set to expand into Asia with Japan and Singapore vying for the licence to run a team in 2016.

The two countries best met the criteria required to successfully operate a Super Rugby franchise, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) said.

A decision will be made in September or October.

"We are now able to confirm that two parties from Asia will compete for the opportunity to join an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016," SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said in a statement late on Wednesday.

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