Western Force no longer making up numbers amid Super Rugby revival | Bret Harris

Western Force no longer making up numbers amid Super Rugby revival | Bret Harris

The Guardian

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Unrestrained by the salary cap constraints and foreign player limits, the club is moving closer to full reconciliation with Rugby Australia

The Western Force have reached the play-offs of a Super Rugby competition for the first time in their history and in doing so, proved they belong at the elite, provincial level. It is sweet revenge for a club where wounds are still raw after Rugby Australia cut them in 2017 following Sanzaar’s decision to reduce the number of Super Rugby teams from 18 to 15.

In a way the Force are a major beneficiary of the Covid-19 pandemic, which shut down the multi-national competition in March last year. RA invited the Perth-based franchise back into the fold last year when it needed a fifth side for the domestic Super Rugby AU competition.

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