Italy linked with Celtic League

Two Italian clubs are set to join an expanded Celtic League in 2010.

The Celtic Rugby Board has agreed in principle to introduce two Italian teams in time for the 2010-2011 season. The competition would therefore expand from 10 teams to 12.

“[The conditions] fall under main headings of playing and facility standards, finance and commercial including television. This will be a comprehensive process and will take some time,” said a Celtic Rugby statement.

“The board therefore decided that participation could not commence before the 2010-2011 season.”

SA Rugby was recently linked with a move to the Celtic League given their dissatisfaction with the proposed Sanzar expansion. If South African teams were to make the move, they’d be mixing it with Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Italian players on a weekly basis.