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Director of Rugby for the new Japanese Super Rugby team Eddie Jones has said
that he could field players from Hong Kong in the new team depending on how
the new team goes.

Jones was in Hong Kong over the weekend for the Asia Rugby Championship and
revealed that “opportunities for players from Hong Kong” come happen
in the future and that he would not be disinclined to pick talented players.

The Japanese Super Rugby team have said that they will play some of their matches
in Singapore and with the addition of players from Hong Kong the new team could
become a real team for Asia to support.

“It could open up opportunities for players from Hong Kong to join the
team,” Jones told the South China Mornng Post.

“Super Rugby is a professional team so I will be on the lookout for the
best players. While the bulk of the team will be from Japan that is not to say
there is no opportunities for others.”

Japan’s new Super Rugby team will be one of three new teams in 2016 as the
tournament is expannding from 15 teams to 18 with the others coming from South
Africa and Argentina.

“Depending on how we go, we could be looking for players from Hong Kong,
South Korea or Singapore, probably not at the moment, but definitely over the
next two to three years,” said Jones.

Hong Kong Rugby Football Union general manager of performance rugby Dai Rees
said that opportunities with the Japanese Super Rugby could aid rugby in his
region.

“Right now all our focus is on promoting and protecting our own Premiership,
but there would be benefits from having our players involved in Super Rugby,”
said Rees.

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