“We are now able to confirm that two parties from Asia will compete for the opportunity to join an expanded Super Rugby in 2016,” Sanzar Chief Executive Greg Peters stated in the statement.
“Asia is a region that has been the focus of considerable investment by the International Rugby Board and is a sound location for the evolution of Super Rugby,” he added.
The two contenders have until mid August to submit formal tender documents to Sanzar outlining why they are best positioned to join the world’s premier rugby competition.
A decision on the 18th franchise would be announced by the end of October.
“We were happy with the responses received. However, the two stand out expressions of interest that were most attractive were from Japan and Singapore,” stressed Peters.