22 Aug 2017

Force axing may prompt new Asian comp

4:25 pm on 22 August 2017

The Western Force may consider launching a new rugby competition in Asia if they can't win their way back into Super Rugby ranks.

Western Force supporters at the rally

Western Force supporters at the rally Photo: ABC

The Force's future is up in the air after they were axed by the ARU earlier this month.

A decision on whether Western Australian Rugby can appeal to the New South Wales Supreme Court, the Australian rugby union's decision to axe the Force will be announced tomorrow.

If not - or if the appeal fails - the Force will be left with no other choice but to explore playing elsewhere.

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest Photo: ABC

During a rally of Force supporters, billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest threw up a curve ball by saying he would start his own international league if the Supreme Court appeal failed.

Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry said the idea had merit.

"This is a really exciting concept and picks up on some interesting rugby we're seeing in Asia," Sinderberry said.

"Certainly Twiggy's vision is one we'd be very excited to understand."

"There's a number of cities and countries in Asia that do play rugby at the moment and are looking at ways to develop their own programs. So we think it would be very well received."

Forrest is due to meet with ARU chairman Cameron Clyne and ARU board members John Eales and Brett Robinson in Adelaide hoping to convince the ARU to reverse their decision to cut the Force.

The Western Australian Government has threatened to bankrupt the ARU over its axing of the Force.

WA Premier Mark McGowan revealed he is investigating the prospect of suing the ARU for more than $100 million over funds the Government pumped into redeveloping nib Stadium and building the Force's headquarters