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Rebels hit out at ARU after Super Rugby announcement

Rebels hit out at ARU after Super Rugby announcement Rebels hit out at ARU after Super Rugby announcement
Doris Mccormick | 11 April, 2017, 01:05

There will be at least 30 new players on the market next season as Australia cuts back to four teams, with the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels expected to learn their fate in the coming days.

Amid anger and finger-pointing on the Australian side of the Tasman over the decision announced Sunday, Tew admitted Super Rugby over-reached by expanding to 18 teams past year.

The Australian Rugby Union insists scrapping the Melbourne Rebels or Western Force is in the sport's best interests because it's bleeding money and simply can't sustain five teams.

The two teams will be consulted as the ARU further examines their financial position.

Despite the ARU board meeting on Sunday about the issue, and voting eight-to-one in favour of the reduction, chairman Cameron Clyne said no vote had been taken over which team would go.

SANZAAR has left the decision on which teams will be cut to the Australian and South African rugby unions, saying it would not be rushing either nation into a hasty decision.

The current Super Rugby format has been under much scrutiny with regards to its complex structure, staggered fixture list and a fluctuation of performance value between the "weak, average and strong" teams in the competition.

"SANZAAR can not continue to ignore the extensive feedback that it has received from fans, stakeholders and commercial partners around the integrity of the competition format and performances of the teams".

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Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry said it was now a two-club race.

On the idea of all Australian sides being cut out by the teams from New Zealand and South Africa, Clyne added: "You don't call a bluff unless you're prepared for the outcomes and I've enjoyed the amount of people who've become urologists in this game and made assessments about anatomical requirements. Naturally we understand that there will be some very disappointed franchises but the tournament's long-term future and the economic reality of the business at present is something that had to be addressed".

The Western Force, who have never played finals since joining the competition in 2006, have been touted as favourites for the chop, while the ACT Brumbies have been told they are safe and the future of the Rebels is unclear.

The JRFU has already announced that the 2017-18 Top League season will end earlier to give the Sunwolves more time to prepare, and with another year under their belt, it is hoped they will also have a better grip on how to run things both on and off the field. "It remains an obvious focus for the organization and a Japanese Super Rugby franchise is key to that strategy".

New Zealand Rugby welcomed the changes.

Apart from the fact that New Zealand Rugby has always been keen to keep relations healthy with South Africa due to their historical rivalry and the financial upside the South African element of the broadcast deal provides, New Zealand's players themselves want to keep the link.

The winners of each conference plus another five teams with the greatest number of log points will qualify for the playoffs.

New Zealand, whose long dominance of the competition has intensified over the last couple of years, will retain all five teams in a third conference.

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