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Tri Nations 2007 to scale back: SANZAR

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The Tri-Nations rugby series is expected to be scaled back to fit in with the 2007 World Cup in France, South African New Zealand Australian Rugby (SANZAR).

The triangular Test series is to be expanded to six Tests each in 2006, but will be scaled back for the World Cup in the following year.

New Zealand rugby union and SANZAR chief executive Chris Moller said the Tri-Nations would have to be worked in around the World Cup, which begins in early September 2007.

“I think 2007 is an issue right across the northern and southern hemispheres,” Moller said after a three-day SANZAR conference here.

“We do have to find a solution to just what the player program is in rugby World Cup years.

“There will be Tri-Nations matches but we have to work through all of that.”

A timetable for next year’s Tri-Nations has yet to be decided and the thorny issue of the SANZAR judicial system for Super 14 matches, involving provinces in the three countries, has yet to be devised.

The governing body has a five-year schedule for Super 14 matches which is expected to be released over the next few weeks.

SANZAR Friday officially launched the logo for the expanded competition which goes from 12 to 14 teams with the inclusion of Australia’s Western Force and South Africa’s Central Cheetahs.

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