Argentina to join Super Rugby party

Sanzar has confirmed that a team from Argentina will be included in an expanded Super Rugby tournament from 2016.

A scheduled meeting of Sanzar's executive committee took place in Sydney on Thursday where the future of Super Rugby was on the agenda.

'Today's meeting was another important step in deciding the future of Super Rugby,' said CEO Greg Peters. 'Encouraging progress was made and we now have a preferred model that involves six teams from South Africa and a new team from Argentina.

'The model will now be taken to the national unions for approval before Sanzar presents its final position to broadcasters and fans in due course.'

Argentina's franchise could be similar to the Pampas XV, who used to play in the Vodacom Cup and won the 2011 tournament. The Argentina Rugby Union will also be hoping that some of their overseas-based players will return home to play Super Rugby.

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