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Australia Rugby Union Cut Super Rugby Side In Controversial Cull

Super Rugby Australia's Western Force have been dropped from next season's Super Rugby, the Australian Rugby Union said on August 11, prompting an immediate threat of legal action by the club. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chairman Cameron Clyne (L) speaks as Bill Pulver (R), CEO of the ARU, looks on at a press conference at ARU headquarters in Sydney on August 11, 2017.

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After months of speculation as to what would happen with the Australian representation in Super Rugby, a decision has been made to cull the Western Force.

Following the departure of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings to the PRO14, Super Rugby was set to contract from 18 teams to 15.

This is not a decision which was taken lightly, and today the ARU announced that it will “discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence”.

However, RugbyWA (Rugby Western Australia) is not taking the news sitting down, and is set to challenge the decision in the NSW Supreme Court.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, billionaire supporter of the Force, Andrew Forrest, vowed that he would fight the ruling.

“This is like dumping the fastest improving athlete or the silver medallist from the Olympic swimming squad and leaving the worst performer in there.

“It is a ludicrous and unfair legal initiative by the ARU.

“This [decision] would only get through litigation and never logic.

“We want leadership from the Australian Rugby Union, not cowardly litigation. But if they want to continue to fight us, we will happily take them on for as long as it takes.”

While it is difficult to see the decision being reversed, we are sure that there will be a lot said between now and the start of next season.

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