10 Jul 2009

Four Aussies, a South African and a Saomoan side in the running?

8:26 am on 10 July 2009

There's plenty of Australian interest in bidding to become the 15th Super rugby franchise from 2011.

SANZAR called for expressions of interest for the new position yesterday and the Australian Rugby Union deputy chief executive Matt Carroll has revealed that a potential second Victorian applicant is poised to enter the running along with the Victorian Rugby Union.

He also expects Gold Coast and western Sydney to put their hands up.

South Africa's Southern Kings are tipped to apply for a place in the Australian Conference of the expanded tournament while the Samoan Rugby Union has also been provided with an expression of interest document.

Carroll says a successful Samoa team would have to be based in either Australia or New Zealand.