South Africa's threat to defect to northern hemisphere competitions remains a bluff, says Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief executive John O'Neill, as the Sanzar nations try to thrash out a Super rugby solution in Dublin this week.
After negotiations which O'Neill said had dragged on for almost a year, he will join New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew and South African officials on Friday in a bid to resolve the impasse which has left a proposed Super 15 in limbo.
Australia and New Zealand have discussed an alternative transtasman competition for 2011, while South Africa has said it intends to head north if its demands are not met.
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