HOPES ARE RISING that the Pacific Islands will one day be granted their wish of having their own Super Rugby team.
In recent years, Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos has been on record saying he would seriously consider giving the Islands their own team and will do what he can to make it happen.
Now those calls have been endorsed by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.
“I think we need to find a home for them, certainly,” Beaumont told Fox Sports. “They are exports that are rugby players.”
Beaumont added his voice to a situation that is becoming increasingly comfortable. The Islands are estimated to have more than 200 professional players plying their trade in Europe and Japan.
They are there primarily because they have no domestic team to keep them at home. This migratory trend has seen many players of Island origin ultimately become eligible for various European nations under the three-year residency law.
The Wallabies had six Fijiborn players in their squad during the recent mid-year test programme against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.
“Well they’re being taken away from home, not necessarily all to Europe [but] they go away from home,” said Beaumont.
THEY ARE EXPORTS THAT ARE RUGBY PLAYERS