NZ Rugby’s $200m deal with Silver Lake approved

New Zealand Rugby’s provincial unions have signed off the $200 million Silver Lake deal.

The 26 provincial unions cast 89 votes via secret ballot, with only one vote against the deal, at NZ Rugby’s Auckland headquarters.

NZ Rugby chairman Stewart Mitchell said it was a “monumental moment” in the history of NZ rugby.

The deal will see $37m distributed immediately with the 14 NPC teams receiving $1m each, 12 heartland unions $500k each ($6m total), Māori rugby $2m, community clubs $7.5m, Players’ Association $5m.

In addition to the $200m deal, there will be an opportunity for NZ institutional investors to raise $62.5m and $100m. If there is insufficient institutional demand, Silver Lake would increase its position to ensure a minimum capital raise of $62.5m.

Newstalk ZB Weekend Sport host Jason Pine attended the briefing and said the result of the vote was greeted by warm applause.

More to come.

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