Starting from the 2016 season and onwards, Argentina Rugby is set to get its first franchise in the Super Rugby competition which will also mean a tighter bond will be forged with some of the heavyweights of the sport in the Southern Hemisphere.
Sanzar, he organization that is responsible for running the Rugby Championship as well as the Super Rugby, has recently announced its plans to expand the competition from 15 to 17 teams from the 2016 season and this means not only will Argentina will gets its first ever franchise in the competition but also one more team for South Africa.
That team is most likely to be the Southern Kings, which was a part of the competition in 2013 but lost out narrowly to the Lions for a permanent place this season.
With Sanzar expanding into Argentina Rugby, it is just a testament to the strong ties the Pumas now have with some of the major organizations that run the biggest competitions in the world and this follows the admittance of the national side in the Tri Nations competition in 2012, which has since been renamed the Rugby Championship.
There have been several former Argentina Rugby players who were the driving force behind getting the national side into the Rugby Championship and some of those same faces were involved in getting the organization to sanction a new franchise for the country which has seen the popularity of the sport rise manifolds since the turn of the century.
Greg Peters, the chief of Sanzar stated that it was only logical and a natural extension of their participation in the Rugby Championship that Argentina get a franchise in Super Rugby and they are happy that everything expect the name of the franchise already formalized by this time and they can’t wait for 2016.