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Indo Pacific Championship launched

  • 13 Sep 2017
Andrew Forrest Andrew Forrest

Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest expects his Indo Pacific Rugby Championship to kick off in August next year.

Forrest launched the competition on Wednesday after the Australian Rugby Union's decision to axe the Force from Super Rugby. He is hoping for six teams to be involved, including the Perth-based side.

The 55-year-old is in negotiations with the ARU to ensure players who compete in his competition will also be eligible to play Super Rugby and represent the Wallabies.

'There's been a fair bit of water under the bridge with [ARU chairman] Cameron [Clyne] and I,' Forrest said. 'We had a frank and friendly discussion when he was here recently.

'We were cast as adversaries. We did not agree with the cancelling of this magnificent team. In that adversarial form, we did have to go a little toe to toe.

'But now with the Western Force becoming an international team ... there should be nothing but collaboration on behalf of Australian rugby.'

The ARU confirmed it was in discussions with Forrest and his team.

'We do not wish to comment on the specifics of any proposed new competitions while these discussions are at a preliminary stage,' said Clyne in a statement. 'The ARU remains committed to maintaining a strong rugby presence in Western Australia and will explore all options in this regard.'

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