Professional rugby in the U.S. has always been pointed to as the next step to really help the game grow domestically and it was announced earlier this week that Super Rugby could have an expansion team on the west coast for the 2016 campaign.
Super Rugby is the top provincial league in the southern hemisphere with teams from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The league agreed at a meeting this week to expand from 15 to 18 teams by 2016 and to re-organize the current structure.
New Zealand rugby union CEO Steve Tew said there was interest from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan in addition to a US team based on the west coast.
But the reality is that the U.S., largely due to the travel distances, is still a long-shot.
“Our strong preference is for the 18th team to come from Asia as we believe this will attract significant commercial opportunities for us in the future,” Australia Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said at the meeting.
A decision is set to be made by next year.
The other changes to Super Rugby will see an addition of another South African side as well as a team from Argentina. The Australian and New Zealand Conferences will remain in their existing format but each team will now play every team from the other conference.
Do you think the U.S. should be pushing for a team in Super Rugby? Or is it ridiculous for a U.S. team in a southern hemisphere domestic league?