Six-Team Indo Pacific Rugby Championship Set To Launch Next Year
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Man on a mission.
Ever since the Western Force were axed from Super Rugby, billionaire Andrew Forrest has been determined to save the club. He backed them all the way during their appeal process, pledging as much as $50m in an effort to save them.
After multiple rejections he has now resorted to launching a new Indo Pacific Rugby Championship, which is set to kick off next year, and will feature the Western Force along with five other teams. The competition is set to start in early August and you can check the best Canadian betting sites and enjoy this competition even more.
Forrest has stated that it is in the ARU’s best interest to allow current Wallabies play in the competition as well as Super Rugby. Forrest and ARU chairman Cameron Clyde were involved in a very public spat in the past few months, with Forrest calling for his resignation, but the pair have since made up, with discussions regarding the new competition now underway.
“There’s been a fair bit of water under the bridge with Cameron and I,” Forrest said.
“We had a frank and friendly discussion when he was here recently.
“We were cast as adversaries. We did not agree with the cancelling of this magnificent team (Western Force).
“In that adversarial form, we did have to go a little toe to toe.
“But now with the Western Force becoming an international team … there should be nothing but collaboration on behalf of Australian rugby.”
Clyne and the ARU have confirmed that discussions have taken place between the two parties.
“ARU is involved in collaborative discussions with Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo team and we look forward to continuing these discussions over the coming weeks,” Clyne said on Wednesday
“We do not wish to comment on the specifics of any proposed new competitions while these discussions are at a preliminary stage.
“ARU remains committed to maintaining a strong rugby presence in Western Australia and will explore all options in this regard.”
A number of countries have already emerged interested and keen to align themselves to this all new competition. The likes of Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and China have all expressed interest, and while they aren’t traditional world rugby powerhouses, they can play a key role in expanding the game.
This is something that will no doubt be backed by World Rugby, given their interest in global expansion of the game.