Andrew Forrest says the Force was set up to be ambushed.

Forrest calls on ARU chairman to quit

Andrew Forrest has called on Cameron Clyne to resign, claiming the ARU chairman misrepresented the reasons he chose to axe the Western Force.

Mr Forrest says he has seen legal advice sent to the ARU board in February stating the Force was the best Super Rugby team to axe because the legal risk was low.

In the advice from the ARU management to the ARU board, it said axing either the Brumbies or Melbourne Rebels without cause would constitute an unlawful termination.


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Perhaps the time has come for a thorough clean out of the Australian Rugby Union's governing body. The damage done to the code through the inept and indecisive consideration in conjunction with the inordinate delay associated with the Super Rugby decision making process will impact significantly on supporters, sponsors, game development and, most importantly, on the future and progress of the sport in Australia. In summary, I perceive the ARU board to be a global laughing stock.

Perth, WA
It's staggering that Australian Rugby, a national sport, can be run and decisions made based upon spreadsheets and legal risks. The sport, and particularly the grass roots participants, deserve more. A privately owned, shareholder profit-driven business model is not appropriate. Change it, and respect the communities that participate.

I entirely agree with Andrew Forrest's opinion on the disgraceful conduct of the ARU. I would go further and expect the whole board, not just the chairman, to resign. Directors are responsible for the fair and constructive conduct of the business, and the standard of corporate governance in the ARU's actions falls well short of an acceptable standard. The ARU got itself into a financial mess and burning the Western Force is not going to solve their problems, just make them worse.

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