Could Australia and South Africa play Test matches in the Middle East in future? The head of the Australian Federation confirms interest shown by Qatar, while South Africa is said to have been approached by Saudi investors. Explanations.
Could Australia and South Africa really play their next Test matches in the Middle East? According to reports from the Dailymail, it’s all possible. At the very least, the Australian Federation president is confirming the interest Qatar has shown, while South Africa has been approached by Saudi investors.
“We had interest from the Middle East.”
In a column for the DailyMail, Hamish McLennan explains: “I won’t confirm specific discussions with opposing parties, but we have had interest from the Middle East.” So the boss of Australian rugby doesn’t deny that the Middle East has a certain interest. The South African president declined to respond. However, no agreement has been reached so far despite Qatari and Saudi investors wanting to invest in rugby. One thing is for sure, the Middle East will be willing to invest a good amount of money to see big countries compete on their soil.
surprise? Not really. For years, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have invested in sports: football but boxing, so why not rugby? By early August, the British press had already revealed Saudi Arabia’s desire to win the 2035 Rugby World Cup.
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