Force take their case to the court

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:12

SUPER RUGBY REVAMP: The Western Force have taken legal action against the Australian Rugby Union for the decision to put them on a short-list to be axed from Super Rugby.

Rugby Western Australian representatives had a meeting with the ARU board on Monday.

ARU Chief operating officer Rob Clarke and chief financial officer Todd Day flew to Perth to meet up with the Western Force, while ARU Chief Executive Bill Pulver will fly to Melbourne on Wednesday to meet Rebels owner Andrew Cox.

At Monday's meeting, the Force officials highlighted the fact that the terms of the assessment and process being used to evaluate the Western Force's axing were inconsistent and inequitable.

According to the Force's statement: "The outcome of the meeting failed to address the responsibilities that exist in the Alliance Agreement between RugbyWA and the ARU.

"We felt in order to protect our position [in Super Rugby] it was necessary to issue legal proceedings to protect our rights under the Alliance Agreement.

"The [franchise] will work with their partners, staff and Government to develop the best possible business case to take to the ARU,"

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the ARU's AU$4.8-million takeover of the franchise in 2016 and the creation of the Alliance Agreement in June complicate matters.

Under the Alliance Agreement, the Force's players and professional staff become ARU employees, while RugbyWA continued to run the community game and the Future Force development program. Furthermore, the agreement signed by the parties meant that the Force are guaranteed Super Rugby status until the end of 2020.

If the ARU' goes ahead with the decision to axe the Force, it will violate the Alliance Agreement. 

The privately owned Melbourne Rebels are the second team short-listed to be axed.

The Melbourne Rebels have responded to ARU's announcement via their website.

"It’s business as usual for the Melbourne Rebels despite Monday’s announcement by the ARU," melbournerebels.com stated.

"While disappointed by the prolonged decision-making process, the franchise is solely focused on Saturday’s Australian derby against the Brumbies at AAMI Park.

"The club is increasingly frustrated by the impact this process has had on Rebels players, staff, members, fans and partners and the club wishes the management of the issue had been better handled by SANZAAR or the ARU,"

* Additional reporting by smh.com.au

 

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19