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Western Force axed

Western Australia's Super Rugby franchise the Western Force has been cut from the competition.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) won arbitration between the two parties and will continue to discontinue the Western Force. 

ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said that the issue had taken 123 days to resolve. 

“This has been a complex process to reduce Australia’s Super Rugby representation to four teams as agreed by SANZAAR following its review of the competition." Clyne said. 

“We are regretful that this issue has consumed so much of the public commentary on the game in 2017. It was clearly not our intention for this to play out over such a lengthy period however there have been factors outside the ARU’s control that have prevented us from completing the process.

“Our decision to exit the Western Force has been guided primarily by financial outcomes."

Rugby WA said in a statement that it was now considering all options including taking matters to the Supreme Court of NSW. 

"The board of Rugby WA is extremely disappointed."

"We will continue to fight to retain the Force in Western Australia." 

IMAGE: AAP

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