A Super Rugby team based in the Pacific would benefit from having a secondary base elsewhere.
That’s the recommendation of a report into the possibility of the region hosting a Super Rugby franchise from 2021.
The report, commissioned by the New Zealand Foreign Ministry, said a Pacific Super Rugby team should be based in the Pacific to be connected to its fan base.
But it said it would also be advantageous for the team to have a secondary base to access further commercial opportunities and a wider fanbase of expatriate Pacific Islanders.
It noted the largest populations of expatriates are in the United States closely followed by New Zealand.
The report said while Fiji’s National Stadium in Suva, Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa and Samoa’s Apia Park could adequately host Super Rugby games, Apia should look at increasing its capacity of just 8000 spectators.
It said feedback from the three countries was that a “fair and attractive” price for a seat in a grandstand would be about $US34 and about $US14 on an embankment.