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NZers To Determine 15th Super Rugby Team

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NZers To Determine 15th Super Rugby Team

Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - Former rugby World Cup-winning captain David Kirk and retired High Court Judge Barry Paterson have been appointed to adjudicate on super rugby's 15th team for 2011.

Applications have been received from Melbourne (Australia) and the Southern Kings (South Africa).

The Sanzar executive committee was last week unable to reach agreement on which bid should be awarded the licence in the expanded competition, and decided a decision should go to arbitration.

Sanzar today announced that Kirk and Paterson would form an independent Expert Determination Panel, which would make a binding decision.

Kirk captained the All Blacks team which won the inaugural rugby World Cup in 1987, and is a former chief executive officer of Fairfax Media.

Paterson is chairman of the New Zealand Sports Tribunal and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is also a former New Zealand Cricket board member.

A decision is expected within two weeks.

Two potential bids from New Zealand were floated early in the process, with a bid from Hawke's Bay foundering early in August.

Taranaki's Super 15 ambitions ended shortly afterwards when the New Zealand Rugby Union opted not to endorse the region's bid.


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