The ARU have backflipped on the proposed 48-72 hour timeline in which they were to make a decision on whether to cut the Force or the Rebels.
The Force raised concerns about the process the governing body was employing in making the decision last night, issuing a legal writ after meeting with ARU executives.
Force GM Mark Sindeberry said the timeframe was "unrealistic" and that appears to have been considered correct by the ARU.
"The ARU will undertake due process to ensure that both the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force are given adequate opportunity to present their business case before the Board makes a final decision on which team to be removed," ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said.
“We maintain our commitment to reaching resolution on this matter as soon as possible, however the timeline that we initially anticipated of 48-72 hours will not apply.
“As confirmed on Monday, we have commenced a consultation process with both teams and will provide an update at an appropriate time.”