The stage is set for another twist in Australia’s Super Rugby saga, with reports the Rebels are set to sue the ARU.
Reports emerged on Monday night that the Rebels were lining up to sue the ARU over the ongoing saga, with hopes of any swift resolution long gone.
Rebels owner Andrew Cox has maintained he is reserving all his legal rights, while the Rebels continue to stand by their Good Friday statement, that lashed the governing body.
While the option still remains for Cox to sell the Rebels, multiple players have spoken publicly about his reassurance to them that he would not be getting rid of the franchise.
The reports come ahead of SANZAAR’s executive meeting in Tokyo this week, the first since the decision to cut Super Rugby from 18 teams to 15 was announced.
While it imposed no deadline on Australia and South Africa to decide which teams to cull, the fires started since the ARU moved on the Force and Rebels have woven a cautionary tale for South Africa, which has barely scratched the surface on the process.
There have been reports that SANZAAR could take action against Australia and South Africa if they cannot come to a resolution on their teams after agreeing to the new format, but that seems unlikely, as does a possible U-turn to maintaining 18 teams.