What a debacle. SANZAAR is a dog's breakfast
Friday, January 27, 2017 11:39AM
Western Force will kick off the new Super Rugby season with the spectre of an uncertain future hanging over them.
Speculation has surrounded their future since an independent review made recommendations including reducing the number of teams.
But they will be several games into the campaign before governing body SANZAAR meets to discuss any new format. Even then there may not be a result as there must be unanimous vote for change.
The situation could be further complicated as South Africa is unlikely to agree to culling teams because it was at its insistence the Kings were reinstated last year, contributing to expansion.
The Australian Rugby Unionís stance on the Force is still unclear, but it is on the agenda for its February 20 meeting.
The most likely option is retention of the current format until the end of the 2020 broadcast deal, but SANZAAR boss Andy Marinos told The West Australian he could not predict any outcome.