The Force have agreed to enter into arbitration with the Australian Rugby Union in order to resolve the dispute related to their possible axing from Super Rugby.
The Force and Rebels have been locked in a battle with the ARU for several weeks as they’ve sought to avoid being cut from Super Rugby next year.
In the latest twist, the Force have agreed to take part in an arbitration process as they seek to expedite the process of resolving the ongoing legal battle.
‘The Rugby WA [Western Australia] board believes that to proceed to arbitration is the best way forward for not only the Western Force, but for the betterment of the Super Rugby competition, and to expedite this process will only benefit the parties involved,’ a statement read.
‘The board is particularly concerned with the lack of clear direction for players, staff and supporters and the expedited opportunity provided by a firm arbitration date will be in everyone's interest.’
The arbitration has been tabled to take place in the week from 31 July.
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