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ARU to cut Force in Super revamp

The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union confirmed on Friday it plans to cut the Western Force from a revamped Super Rugby competition for 2018.

The ARU agreed to cut one of its five franchises during a meeting of Super Rugby stakeholders in April, when it was decided to reduce the competition from 18 clubs to 15 for next season.

The South African Rugby Union cut two teams and negotiated for them to compete in a European competition next season. ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said in a statement Friday the ARU “resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby license ... after several weeks of consultation with rugby bodies and stakeholders.”

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