Force Goooooooone



  • Just announced, the Force has been given the arse. Don't think we have heard the last of this one.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4780868/Western-Force-axed-Super-Rugby--Australian-Rugby-Union.html



  • Wrong choice



  • Indeed, should have been the Reds



  • shoulda been the Rebels.



  • Fark, they must be pissed after finishing 2nd.



  • Should have cut the Rebels. They cut the wrong team.





  • Titus O'Reily summed this situation up pretty well in his weekly AFL preview.

    If you substitue Tasmania for The Force, and GC/Western Sydney for The Rebels, it's pretty fucking apt

    Think of it like this, Tasmania is someone that currently goes to the gym. They can only go twice a week due to other commitments, but they go and enjoy it.
    
    Western Sydney and the Gold Coast are more like me. They don’t go to the gym, but they have the potential to go seven days a week because they’ve got nothing else on.
    
    Therefore, they have way more potential when it comes to going to the gym. Just look at the numbers, Tasmania, two days a week tops, me seven days a week.
    
    Now, the one thing the AFL seems to have missed is that I hate going to the gym. Sure, I visited the local gym once, but that’s because from the outside it looks a bit like an ice cream shop.
    
    That’s the problem with investing in potential when it comes to things that involve people, we rarely meet our potential.
    


  • Could have been any of the Aussie teams really.



  • Chuck this on the "Aussie Rugby in general" thread.

    Pretty fucked, really. WA starting to deliver a few players but the time zone and travel were bollocks.



  • alt text



  • @NTA said in Force Goooooooone:

    Chuck this on the "Aussie Rugby in general" thread.

    Pretty fucked, really. WA starting to deliver a few players but the time zone and travel were bollocks.

    Given the number of games each week, the time zone didn't really seem that bad. Ended up being able to fit two Aussie games into a night.

    Looking at the improvements to rugby in WA and the state of the Rebels, this is a really shit decision. But I guess that's what happens when you're run by the gutless ARU, who were probably terrified of the legal action dropping a team they don't own would bring. I would've even cut the Brumbies, who had an empty stadium for a fucking quarter final, before the Force (or dropped the Rebels and moved the Brumbies to Melbourne).



  • @mariner4life said in Force Goooooooone:

    Titus O'Reily summed this situation up pretty well in his weekly AFL preview.

    If you substitue Tasmania for The Force, and GC/Western Sydney for The Rebels, it's pretty fucking apt

    Think of it like this, Tasmania is someone that currently goes to the gym. They can only go twice a week due to other commitments, but they go and enjoy it.
    
    Western Sydney and the Gold Coast are more like me. They don’t go to the gym, but they have the potential to go seven days a week because they’ve got nothing else on.
    
    Therefore, they have way more potential when it comes to going to the gym. Just look at the numbers, Tasmania, two days a week tops, me seven days a week.
    
    Now, the one thing the AFL seems to have missed is that I hate going to the gym. Sure, I visited the local gym once, but that’s because from the outside it looks a bit like an ice cream shop.
    
    That’s the problem with investing in potential when it comes to things that involve people, we rarely meet our potential.
    

    I guess the major difference between the AFL and the ARU ( from what I can gather )

    The AFL have money to burn and are prepared to keep throwing it away to get what they want in the end , even if it takes a long time and proves to be expensive



  • ARU to discontinue Western Force Super Rugby Licence

    By ARU Media Unit

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence.
    
    The decision comes after several weeks of consultation with Rugby bodies and stakeholders, including Government and commercial partners.
    
    ARU Chairman, Cameron Clyne said: “The ARU Board has today made the decision to discontinue the Western Force as the Super Rugby competition reverts to fifteen teams for the 2018 season.
    
    “This has been a complex process to reduce Australia’s Super Rugby representation to four teams as agreed by SANZAAR following its review of the competition.
    
    “We are regretful that this issue has consumed so much of the public commentary on the game in 2017. It was clearly not our intention for this to play out over such a lengthy period however there have been factors outside the ARU’s control that have prevented us from completing the process.
    
     “Our decision to exit the Western Force has been guided primarily by financial outcomes.
    
    “As we have reinforced throughout this process, there are commercial realities which are linked to declining on-field performance across our Super Rugby teams which has put Australian Rugby in a position where it can no longer sustain five teams.
    
    “Furthermore, the significant unbudgeted support funding that has been provided to Super Rugby teams over the past five years has greatly affected our capacity to invest in community Rugby.
    
    “This is a sad day for Rugby, especially for Western Force fans. We accept that there will be anger and resentment over this decision and we sympathise with those fans. We sincerely hope that they are not lost to the game forever.
    
    “The decision to exit the Western Force from Super Rugby is not a decision to abandon the game in Western Australia.
    
     “Western Australia will retain an important place in Australian Rugby and the ARU will continue to support youth development programs and the community game in the West. There will be a clear pathway for young Western Australian Rugby players to reach the highest level and represent the Wallabies.
    
     “Our immediate concern is to support the individuals at the Western Force through these difficult circumstances and we will deploy various ARU management staff to Western Australia to provide assistance to all players and staff.”
    


  • What a shambles. Personally think getting rid of the brumbies would have been the way to go, despite their success.



  • Now Pulver has quit...



  • @Unite As he fucking should

    The prick has more money than God and doesn't need the gig



  • @Billy-Tell said in Force Goooooooone:

    What a shambles. Personally think getting rid of the brumbies would have been the way to go, despite their success.

    Financially I'd have thought the brumbies were gone. But they are the most successful Aussie franchise, how would that look...



  • Pulver to step down after Super Rugby saga

    ARU CEO Bill Pulver says he will step aside as soon as the governing body has a replacement, after announcing the ARU's decision to cut the Western Force.
    


  • @canefan said in Force Goooooooone:

    @Billy-Tell said in Force Goooooooone:

    What a shambles. Personally think getting rid of the brumbies would have been the way to go, despite their success.

    Financially I'd have thought the brumbies were gone. But they are the most successful Aussie franchise, how would that look...

    Both the Perth and Melbourne clubs have haemorrhaged money over the years. Brumbies are semi-stable despite drawing fuck all gate.