Force and Rebels face agonising wait

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:21

UPDATE: The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) have given the Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels more time to state their case for a permanent place in Super Rugby.

One of these two teams will be scrapped in favour of a revamped 15-team Super Rugby competition in 2018. 

The ARU were going to finalise their decision before the end of this week. However, (ARU) Chairman Cameron Clyne said their initial plan has been scrapped.
 
"The ARU will undertake due process to ensure that both the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force are given adequate opportunity to present their business case before the Board makes a final decision on which team to be removed," said Clyne.

"We maintain our commitment to reaching a resolution on this matter as soon as possible. However, the timeline that we initially anticipated of 48-72 hours will not apply.
 
"As confirmed on Monday, we have commenced a consultation process with both teams and will provide an update at an appropriate time."

The two other teams being scrapped from the competition will come from South Africa -  rumoured to be the Southern Kings and Cheetahs.

Rugby Western Australia has launched legal action against the Australian Rugby Union in a bid to keep the Western Force afloat as the axe hovers over the team and backlash builds.

A writ against the governing body was lodged on Monday, Western Australia's rugby body said, notifying the ARU of the intention to apply for an injunction against any plan to revoke the Perth-based team's licence.

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Fri, 26 May 2017
Blues v Chiefs 07h45 Auckland
Reds v Force 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Sat, 27 May 2017
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 05h15 Tokyo
Highlanders v Waratahs 07h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
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
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Reds 11 3 0 8 16
Force 11 3 0 8 13
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Chiefs 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 12 6 0 6 31
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Cheetahs 12 2 0 10 11
Sunwolves 11 1 0 10 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19