No date for ARU Super Rugby cull

There is no further clarity over which Australian franchise will be cut from Super Rugby next year despite an emergency general meeting in Sydney on Tuesday.

Tuesday's meeting at the Australian Rugby Union headquarters was called for after three months of uncertainty for players and staff at the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels, with both franchises refusing to accept the axe from Super Rugby.

The ongoing controversy has also thrown the position of CEO Bill Pulver into doubt, but while his role was ultimately not challenged at Tuesday's three-hour meeting, the Australian governing body reportedly came no closer to announcing whether it will be the Force or Rebels to be cut from the competition.

'The majority of members have voted in support of going from five teams to four,' chairman Cameron Clyne commented. 'The motion that did pass was to facilitate a discussion around the establishment of a Super Rugby commission.

'We've had that commission in the past so we're very comfortable to have that discussion and work out as to whether we do establish that in the future.

'We've got teams obviously that are looking to stay in the competition, so we can't really control that time frame.'

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