Rugby - Force granted leave to appeal against Super Rugby axing
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of New South Wales has granted Western Force leave to appeal against their axing from Super Rugby, the governing Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Wednesday.
The ARU announced their decision to cut the Perth team from Super Rugby earlier this month after arbitration with the Force found in favour of the governing body.
The Force met the ARU in the Sydney court on Wednesday and the appeal hearing was quickly granted, the ARU's website said (rugby.com.au).
The court will hear the appeal directly on Wednesday following a review of written submissions, the ARU said.
The ARU committed to cutting one of its five Super Rugby teams as the competition contracts from 18 to 15 teams next season.
The Force has said it would pursue all legal avenues to try to remain in the competition.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)