The parent body of Australia’s Western Force has been forced into voluntary administration due to financial constraints following the team’s axing from Super Rugby.
Despite desperate attempts from the Force to retain their place in Super Rugby, the Perth-based franchise was officially cut from the competition in August.
Unable to pay legal costs, RugbyWA has now had no option but to go into administration due to ‘concerns over the future solvency of the business’.
‘This concern was due to the financial constraints on RugbyWA from the Western Force’s elimination from Super Rugby competition, and Australian Rugby Union pursuing RugbyWA for its legal costs,’ a statement read.
The Force now appear set to join a six-team Indo Pacific Rugby Championship that is the brainchild of billionaire supporter, Andrew Forrest.