Revealed: PRO12 & Super Rugby In Talks For Blockbuster Crossover Tournament
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Southern and Northern Hemisphere rugby could be set to unite with PRO12 and Super Rugby chiefs in talks to launch a new tournament according to the Irish Independent.
While talks are still at a very early stage, SANZAR – the organisers of Super Rugby – have met with officials from the Pro12 countries to discuss the prospect.
A possible format would be the Pro12 sides competing with the South African and Argentine Super Rugby outfits in a northern hemisphere conference, with the Australia, New Zealand and Japanese sides comprising the southern hemisphere conference.
The tournament would need an agreement reached in relation to the recent proposed global rugby calendar.
The logistics and time-zone difficulties would need to be worked out but with both leagues struggling to compete with the cash-rich English and French leagues and unable to fill their stadiums- if an agreement could be met, it could change the very landscape of professional rugby forever.