Newsletter

Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!

LIVE

    Force dig in at Super Rugby cull moves

    2017-04-21 12:47

    Perth - A defiant Force insisted on Friday that they are entitled to play in the Super Rugby competition until the end of 2020 amid reports of their demise.

    Parent body RugbyWA has launched legal action against the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) in a bid to keep the threatened Super franchise afloat as the axe hovers over the Perth-based club.

    The Force put out a statement on Friday dismissing reports that their continued participation in the Super Rugby competition hinged on the outcome of a further meeting between the ARU Board and the RugbyWA Board.

    "RugbyWA's position is clear. Under current arrangements the Force is entitled to participate in the Super Rugby competition until 30 December 2020," the statement said.

    "There is no basis on which the ARU can purport to remove the Western Force from the Super Rugby competition.

    "The ARU must work to ensure that the Force remains based in Perth for many seasons to come.

    "Put simply, RugbyWA is not required to 'state a business (or any) case' for the Force to remain in the Super Rugby competition."

    Super Rugby's governing body SANZAAR announced earlier this month that two South African teams and one from Australia would be axed from 2018, streamlining the 18-team competition to a three-conference 15-team format.

    SANZAAR has left it to the national rugby unions involved to announce the teams to cut.

    The ARU has said it would be either the Force or the Rebels.

    RugbyWA said it remains committed to working with the ARU to help it find a way to achieve a resolution of the "current uncertainty" over its position in the five-nation tournament.

    "Rugby WA has sought a meeting with the ARU next Thursday, (27 April) to progress discussions as to how it might assist the ARU," Force said.

    Read More On:  force sanzaar super rugby rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    Friday, 28 April 2017
    • Highlanders v Stormers, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
    Saturday, 29 April 2017
    • Chiefs v Sunwolves, FMG Stadium Waikato 09:35
    • Reds v Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium 11:45
    • Force v Lions, nib Stadium 13:55
    • Cheetahs v Crusaders, Toyota Stadium 17:15
    • Kings v Rebels, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
    • Jaguares v Sharks, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 21:40
    Sunday, 30 April 2017
    • Brumbies v Blues, GIO Stadium 08:05


    Results

    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    SA Rugby need to cut two Super Rugby teams for next year's tournament. Help them out!

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.