6 Dec 2018

Sport: Pacific Super Rugby hopes dashed

From , 4:00 pm on 6 December 2018

A proposed Pacific-based Super Rugby team is effectively dead in the water after failing to find the required funding.

The Fiji Rugby Union have also pulled their support for the bid, leaving the team without a prospective home base.

A feasibility study, commissioned by New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs last year, recommended a Pacific side be based in Suva and also play home games in Samoa and Tonga.

But Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke, who's been involved in the ongoing bid discussions, told Vinnie Wylie the Fiji Rugby Union pulled the plug after the bid was unable to attract the minimum annual investment demanded by Super Rugby's governing body SANZAAR.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke.

Pacific Rugby Players CEO Aayden Clarke. Photo: Supplied