There will be no added pseudonyms or the like, and while Argentina had, and will continue to, massive input into the expanded competition, for now the focus and structure for the triumvirate of New Zealand, Australian and South African rugby will remain as is.
Recently there were appointments within SANZAR that gave them independent governence, ending the rotating cycle of the NZRU, ARU and SARU chief executives holding the senior post.
SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said that it was important that growth continues to occur, and that it was important to continue refining the Investec Super Rugby competition (it’s maiden campaign outside of a World Cup year) and ensuring the Rugby Championship held true to the high standards established during the Tri Nations.
The UAR (Argentina Rugby Union) President Luis Castillo and High Performance chairman Manual Galindo were present at the formal announcement, and as the game continues to grow, they may in future be given ‘permanent seats’ on the SANZAR panel.
Castillo said it was continuing growth in the country, with the next step individually for Argentina likely to be the investigation and implementation of a professional domestic structure in the South American leagues.
“The Argentine Rugby Union and Argentinean rugby community is proud to be part of this great tournament,” he said.
“We will work to maintain high standards in our rugby, with our ultimate goal being to keep generating resources for the development of rugby at the clubs.”
Peters stressed that Argentina has a considerable input into the competition, and other countries may follow suit and work with SANZAR, with the possibilities including the expansion of Super Rugby to include Japanese clubs.
Argentina will play the All Blacks at Westpac Trust Stadium.