ARU could help Force form Asian league

The ARU are refusing to budge on their decision to axe the Western Force, but have agreed to help billionaire Andrew Forrest develop a new international competition.

Forrest met with ARU heavyweights in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Forrest’s No.1 goal of the meeting was to get the ARU to overturn their decision to axe the Force from the Super Rugby competition.

Forrest claims he made an “unprecedented financial offer” to sway the ARU, but it was flatly rejected.

RugbyWA, backed by Forrest, are appealing the Force’s axing to the NSW Supreme Court.

If that fails, Forrest wants to keep the Force alive by forming a new competition that takes in teams from Asia.

Forrest’s media team released a statement saying: “The ARU committed to working with the Western Force … to develop a new international competition.

“This will be based in Western Australia, with a focus firmly on the Indo Pacific region and a time zone that WA shares.

“This is a region containing 60 per cent of the world’s population, which has a burgeoning appetite for participation in international sport.

“This commitment was made regardless of the outcome of the appeal hearings in the Supreme Court.”

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