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Kirk, ex-judge to decide on 15th Super team

Kirk, ex-judge to decide on 15th Super team

Former All Blacks captain David Kirk and a retired judge will decide on whether a team from Australia or South Africa will join the Super rugby tournament beginning in 2011.
The executive committee of SANZAR, which comprises the South Africa, New Zealand and Australian rugby unions, could not unanimously agree on one of two options for the 15th club.
It announced Wednesday that Kirk, who led New Zealand to the first Rugby World Cup title in 1987, and Barry Paterson, a former New Zealand High Court judge, would form a panel which will decide within two weeks where the new team will be based.
Australia is promoting Melbourne, in southern Victoria state, and South Africa's bid is the Southern Kings from Eastern Cape Province.
South Africa and New Zealand each have five teams in the existing Super 14 competition and Australia has four. The 2011 tournament will be divided into three five-team conferences.
Kirk is also a former chief executive officer of Fairfax Media. Paterson is the chairman of the New Zealand Sports Tribunal and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Updated : 2021-03-08 09:51 GMT+08:00