Reds coach Phil Mooney believes Australia does not have enough depth for a fifth franchise in a proposed expanded Super 15 from 2011.
Rugby 365 reports that while the details are yet to be confirmed, SANZAR has agreed on a Super rugby compromise and the early indications were that Australia would be the base for the new 15th team.
Melbourne would be the overwhelming favourite to be handed Super Rugby status but Mooney is adamant that Australia does not have the player stocks.
“I just can’t see where a fifth Australian team are going to get the players from,” Mooney told the AAP.
“If you take all young guys, which we have done, you’re going to take a few hits.
“If you pick all the old guys I would argue that Super 14 has probably moved on from them.
“We’re talking about starting a new team and if the Australian teams were coming one, two, three, four I’d say yep but as we speak not one of them are in the four.”
While Mooney supports expansion he would prefer to see a combined Pacific Islanders team admitted which could either be based in Australia or NZ.
“Samoa, Fiji, Tonga have been punching above their weight for a long time,” he said. “I think we’ve got a responsibility to help develop the game there.”Tweet