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Super Rugby cull: Western Force not dead yet with Rebels feeling heat

The Perth-based club were the obvious choice to be axed a few months ago but a well-orchestrated campaign to save the club might just be paying dividends

In late March of this year it was reported that there had been in-principle agreement among the stakeholders of Sanzaar that South Africa would dump two Super Rugby teams and Australia one.

It was further reported that the Australian team would be the Western Force. And from this edge of the island continent of Australia it seemed a logical choice. If you had to dump one – and it appeared at the time that was the case – the loss-making, under-achieving outpost pioneer owned by the ARU and whose best finish in Super Rugby is seventh in 2007 seemed the logical choice.

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