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Rugby Australia makes private-equity offer to smooth NZR talks

Hamish McLennan. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has said he will offer New Zealand Rugby a bigger slice of any private equity investment in a revamped Super Rugby, as part of ongoing talks between the unions over the future of the competition.

Recently-appointed RA chairman McLennan is eager to establish a competition with neighbours New Zealand from 2021. The 'trans-Tasman' set-up under discussion would cut the extensive travelling commitments of the current Super Rugby tournament by excluding South African and Argentinian teams, and also help relieve the financial burden of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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