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ARU to axe Force or Rebels in 2-3 days

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/04/2017

The Western Force and Melbourne Rebels will learn within three days which of them is to be axed, Australian Rugby Union chairman Cameron Clyne says.

Clyne says the decision on which Super Rugby team to drop will be made by the ARU within 48 to 72 hours and after consultation with both franchises.

While it's part of a broader restructure of the Super Rugby competition, which is to be slashed from 18 teams to 15 after this season, Clyne says the decision to cut one of the five Australian sides was taken by the ARU and is in the best interests of Australian rugby which has been bleeding money.

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