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Cardiff Blues chairman Thomas wants to see two Welsh super sides compete in a competition that would rival the southern hemisphere Super Rugby tournament

Cardiff Blues chairman Peter Thomas says a Super 15 competition must be introduced in Europe if the northern hemisphere countries are to have any chance of winning future World Cups.

Thomas wants to see two super sides created in Wales – one in the west and one in the east – to take part in the new tournament, along with four teams from France and England, two from Ireland and Scotland and one from Italy.

Under his blueprint, the Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons would continue to compete in the Pro12 , but with the cream of Welsh talent playing for one of the two new Super 15 sides.

Thomas’ revolutionary proposals come in the wake of the northern hemisphere failing to have a representative in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in the tournament’s 28 year history.

He says it’s time for the powers-that-be in European rugby to wake up to the fact that something must be done to address the southern hemisphere dominance.


“The preparation we need to win a World Cup isn’t going to be provided if we stay as we are,” said the long-serving administrator.

“The fact that all four semi-finalists this weekend are from the southern hemisphere says it all.

“New Zealand put 60 points on France and look at the way Ireland lost to Argentina. We have never seen an Argentina team like that, never.

“How many back-door flip passes did you see from northern hemisphere sides during this World Cup? None.

“Look at the skill that Dan Carter produced against France and think about that pass from Duane Vermeulen which did for us. We don’t do it. The skill levels are not there.

“The time has arrived for the northern hemisphere to create a Super 15 competition. That is the way to go.

“It is the best way to prepare for international rugby. It’s been proven down south, when you look at the pace and skills on show in their Super 15. It’s the perfect stepping stone to Test rugby.”

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