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The Australian Rugby Union have announced that they have delayed naming which team will be cut from Super Rugby next season.

The ARU had planned to announce either the Western Force or the Melbourne Rebels as being the team cut from Super Rugby this week but this has now been delayed.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) Chairman, Cameron Clyne said in a statement that the consultation process on which team will be removed from Super Rugby will now take longer than expected.

“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 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 Brumbies, Queensland Reds and New South Wales Waratahs are not under threat for their position.

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1 Comment

  1. Mark b

    12th April 2017 at 12:05 am

    Finalised is 3 groups of 5… with 2 SA teams and one AUS team to be culled… seems like a ok solution. Easier to understand and fairer.

    Two IMPORTANT things/solutions that have not been touched upon…. With all the super rugby team reduction talk how about considering…

    1. Combine the rebels and force to form a southern australia team…
    The AUSTRAL EMUS…
    That team would be attractive to sponsors.. could play 50% of their games in melbourne.. 50%in perth… maybe with a adelaide game as well. That way you would not get the melbourne or perth supporters offside… and both cities can continue their player development programs.
    The SA teams…. the SA criteria for selecting the 4 surviving teams seams correct. Hopefully the SA politicians dont stick theIr fingers into the process.

    2. How about culling a NZ team?
    Big deal if the NZ teams are currently the best 5 teams. Everything goes in cycles. Its less interesting for aussies and south africans if the kiwis have more teams than them.. and unfair…! The kiwis have better odds at winning the comp…. and it gives them an extra team to develop talent for their national side.
    Id prefer to see the NZ group have 4 NZ teams and a combined fiji/samoa/tonga team. The PACIFIC ISLAND DOLPHINS.
    They could play a couple of their home games (the islanders team) in sydney and auckland so they can get crowd revenue and be attractive to sponsors. A pacific islands team in the comp…. That would be growing the game…!

    FINAL NOTE: THE FUTURE…
    So where is the competion heading…?
    A southern hemisphere comp..?
    A world comp ..?
    A aussie/NZ/japanese comp plus a europe/south africa comp plus a americas comp…?

    Is the future competition a competition of provincial teams..? Once argentina and japan has success and demand more teams how would a fair competition be shapped with a lot more provincial teams..?

    Maybe the solucion is further CONSOLIDATION into several powerful MEGA regional teams… like 3 from aus.. 3 from arg… 3 from SA… 3 from NZ… 3 from japan. etc. Mega regional teams would be able to compete favourably with european dollars….
    And the players that lose contracts could return to the local provincial competitions making the provincial competitions higher quality competitions that would be more interesting to follow.

    MAYBE SANZAR SHOULD OPEN A FORUM WEBSITE AND LET THE SUPPORTERS VOICE THEIR OPINIONS AS TO WHAT THEY WANT.

    LEARN FROM THE PAST SANZAAR AND INVOLVE THE SUPPORTERS. THEY WILL GIVE YOU CLARITY ON WHERE THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE HEADING…!

    MARK BARRY
    pluckoesp@yahoo.com

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