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Global Rapid Rugby expands for season two

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has followed through with a promise to expand Global Rapid Rugby and again put up $1 million prize money for its second season.

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Western Force beat world rugby XV in Perth opener

The rebranded Global Rapid Rugby has lived up to its promise of frenetic action, with Western Force defeating the World XV 26-16 in a pulsating opening match of the showcase series at HBF Park.

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espnW foresight: Stars, shockers and stories of 2019

As the countdown to the 2019 season begins we look ahead to our four big women's winter codes: AFLW, Super Netball, Super W and rugby league. What will be the same in 2019? What has changed? Read our bold predictions for the season ahead.

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Rapid Rugby conditionally sanctioned by World Rugby

Andrew Forrest's new-look Rapid Rugby competition has been conditionally sanctioned by the World Rugby Council and it's dates are set to clash with the more established Super Rugby tournament.

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RugbyWA goes into voluntary administration

The bitter fallout from the Western Force's axing has hit a new low with RugbyWA forced into voluntary administration because it can't pay Rugby Australia's legal costs.

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Ben Daley jumps Force ship for Rebels

Former Wallaby Ben Daley has become the first player to leave the Western Force since their Super Rugby axing, signing with Melbourne.

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Forrest calls on ARU chairman to quit

Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called on Cameron Clyne to resign, claiming the ARU chairman lied about the reasons he chose to axe the Western Force.

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ARU deny Force claim of Super backflip

A RugbyWA board member claims ARU chairman Cameron Clyne agreed to let the Western Force back into the Super Rugby competition -- only to later renege on the offer

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Force great Hodgson wants ARU cleanout

Western Force great Matt Hodgson has called for the remaining ARU board members to fall on their swords following their decision to axe the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise.

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Forrest to fund 'Own the Force' campaign

Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest will pour millions of dollars into the 'Own the Force' campaign if the Perth-based franchise survives the axe.

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Super Rugby Preview: Travel huge issue for Chiefs

We're down to the final four in Super Rugby with the semifinal action set down for Christchurch and Johannesburg this weekend. So who will advance to the big dance?

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Super Rugby Preview: Round 17

We look at the final round of the home-and-away season: Can the Crusaders finish the campaign undefeated?

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Super Rugby Preview: Round 16

Australia's teams re-join the post-June Test Super Rugby action in the penultimate round of the competition.

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Force veteran Matt Hodgson retires

Matt Hodgson has announced his retirement from professional rugby, after 12 seasons with Western Force.

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Super Rugby Preview Round 12: line-ups, tips

The mouth-watering all-Kiwi clash between the Hurricanes and Crusaders headlines Round 12 of Super Rugby. Check out all the team news, odds, team lists and tips here.

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WA Government praises NRL, slams ARU

The WA Government has questioned the ARU's decision to shrink the game in Australia while other codes are expanding.

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Australian Super rugby CEOs go to ground

Australian rugby bosses have gone to ground over the prospect of one of the country's Super Rugby teams being cut from the competition.