Premiership Rugby In Talks With New Teams As Global Expansion Planned
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Premiership Rugby could be set to follow in the footsteps of the PRO14 by expanding into new territories. American teams could be playing against English opposition from as early as 2019 as part of Premiership Rugby’s renewed expansion in the United States.
Chief executive Mark McCafferty has revealed to The Independent that he expects the Anglo-Welsh Cup to be revamped in the next few years to include at least one American team, with South African clubs also a possibility.
“We tend to look in the next five years and I could see the prospect of in our development cup competition where currently it’s the English and the Welsh teams,” said McCafferty.
“I could see American teams playing in that for instance, which is probably the right sort of level for some of their players at the moment. I could see some of the South African teams playing in that too.”
“So I think in our other competitions there is scope for that, and then once you do that then you’re in business with each other and you see maybe the possibilities of the next 10-15 years.”
You can read McCaffery’s full interview with The Independent here.