ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
THE CANDIDATES TO be dropped from Super Rugby are the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels.
The ARU says it needs to save about $6 million a year to sustain itself financially and now has no choice but to cut one those two teams.
It hasn’t yet divulged what criteria it will use to determine the outcome and also acknowledges that both sides are likely to take legal action if they are ditched from Super Rugby.
The Force were introduced to Super Rugby in 2006 and while they initially came into the competition with major corporate backing and a handful of big-name players, they have never once made the playo s and are a victim of the collapse of the commodity boom in Western Australia.
They don’t have the same financial support as they did 11 years ago and their home crowd has dropped significantly.
The Rebels were introduced in 2011 and, again, have been supported with private investment and the ability to attract big name players with it.
But after a handful of Wallabies were willing to go there in the early years, that pipeline has dried up and the Rebels have struggled for impact.