Anayi: US team will join PRO14

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of PRO14 be­lieves it is the mat­ter of “when, not if” a team based on the east coast of the United States will join the cross-hemi­sphere tour­na­ment.

Martin Anayi is hoping to fa­cil­i­tate fur­ther ex­pan­sion of the PRO14 fol­low­ing the in­clu­sion South Africa’s Chee­tahs and South­ern Kings last month.

”We are think­ing about what is next,“Anayi said yes­ter­day. ”The two teams in South Africa can change our game and change our tour­na­ment and if we get that right we shouldn’t stop there. We would be look­ing to ex­pand again at some stage. We have got to do things dif­fer­ently. When it comes to Amer­ica we have to be in­no­va­tive.”

Anayi con­firmed PRO14 have re­ceived of­fers that would en­able ex­pan­sion across the At­lantic, another step to­wards build­ing a global pres­ence for the tour­na­ment.

”We have had more than ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est (in the US), we have had real solid busi­ness cases that would make it work on the east coast, so it is a ques­tion of when, not if,” he added.

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