Aussie franchise pulls out
4 Aug 2009
One of the prospective Australian franchises has withdrawn their application to join the expanded Super 15 in 2011.
The New South Wales Country Union announced they could not meet the criteria set out by Sanzar and have pulled out of the race.
‘We felt it proper to withdraw, to allow the ARU to work with the other applicants,’ NSW CRU president Bruce Worboys said in an ARU statement.
The favourite to join the Australian conference remains Melbourne, while the Eastern Cape’s Southern Kings as well as Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay from New Zealand have applied.
The respective countries will evaluate the bidders and send their proposals to Sanzar later this month. The announcement of the 15th Super Rugby franchise is expected in October.