Lions president Kevin de Klerk says the ‘millions of pounds on offer in Europe’ could influence decision-making when the current Sanzaar deal expires.
A report over the weekend suggested more South African sides could be set to withdraw from Super Rugby to play in Europe, although this was quickly refuted by Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos.
However, De Klerk told the Daily Telegraph that market forces could force a move to a northern hemisphere competition once the Super Rugby deal expires in 2020.
‘Maybe ultimately, the millions of pounds on offer in Europe will influence the decision. There is nothing concrete at the moment. When this broadcasting deal comes to an end, there’s going to need to be some close negotiations with Sanzaar.
‘From my point of view, I would like to see South Africa remain in Super Rugby, but the European currency is making it difficult.’
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