The new Waratahs CEO has proposed a radical plan.
Andrew Hore, the man who is set to become the new Waratahs CEO has proposed a plan whereby each of the four Welsh regions would join Super Rugby.
Whether or not his proposal is realistic is another matter, but the current Ospreys CEO believes that something revolutionary needs to be done if the Welsh regions are to compete with wealthy English and French clubs.
Not only that, but the Kiwi born CEO argued on Wales Online that both Super Rugby and the Pro 12 are fighting the same financial battle against the Premiership and Top 14.
The Pro12 needs to work out how it can be value extra. They can’t serve up a fillet of fish; it has to be a fillet-of-fish combo.
If we try to serve up the same product as England and France, we will never get the same money.
Sanzar share the same problems as us, in developing an inordinate amount of talent that is pillaged by two countries, while not having TV deals to enable them to compete.
There is so much in common between clubs like the Ospreys and states like New South Wales.
Therefore, in order to stem the pillaging of Welsh talent, Hore is proposing that the Welsh regional teams should compete in the South African Super Rugby conference, where the time difference is only a few hours.
If the regions were to do so, they could potentially benefit from a bumper TV deal that would allow them keep their best players at home.
While Hore’s plan seems unrealistic, he did state in the interview that he ‘will look to bridge the gap between the north and the south’ when he becomes the new Waratahs CEO next month.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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