Investec Super Rugby is a professional, regional competition featuring teams and referees from New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.
The five Investec Super Rugby teams are owned by New Zealand Rugby and when originally set up, were run by boards representing the Provincial Unions that make up each Investec Super Rugby catchment. Reviews into the financial sustainability and structure of Super Rugby and franchises identified the need to reinvigorate the franchise model and provide for additional investment to improve its financial sustainability.
Expressions of interest were called for in December 2011 for four of the five licences. The Highlanders were not part of the original process, although NZR has commenced the process for the Highlanders in 2014.
A Super Rugby Licensee’s responsibilities include:
New Zealand Rugby will: