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Former Samoa and Pacific Islands coach John Boe says that Super 14 bosses who will decide on where the new 15th team in the Super 15 will be should give it to one of the Islands.


Boe says that the licence should be given each year to the winner of the Pacific Tri-Nations series between Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.


He said that it was time that it was time SANZAR stopped ignoring the talent-packed island nations but denied that John O’Neill’s hybrid fifth Australian team boasting a host of Islanders would work.


“It’s great that John O’Neill has said this but he’s said it before and it’s never ever happened,” said disenchanted former All Black Boe, who is based on the Gold Coast.


“My idea would be the winner of the Tri-Nations – whether it be Samoa, Fiji or Tonga – stand alone to play in the Super 15.


“It would give them something to aim for,” he told AAP.


O’Neill did say that an island team would not generate sufficient revenue for SANZAR from broadcasters but a hybrid side would ensure a new Australian franchise wouldn’t undermine the four existing teams.


Boe however says that there is not enough depth in Australian rugby to risk a fifth team.


“Look at what happened to the Reds when the Western Force came in and took half their players (in 2005), they are still recovering,” Boe said.


“The Force are now struggling themselves, the Brumbies aren’t what they were and the Waratahs are the only strong team.


“Australia needs to consolidate, they don’t need players going in and out of teams.”

 

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