The Australian Rugby Union will address the anticipated scramble for the services of Western Force player but the CEO of the axed Super Rugby franchise says their personnel don't need to make immediate decisions.
Two South African sides, the Central Cheetahs and the Southern Kings, have already been cut from future Super Rugby competitions under a South African rugby commitment to drop their representation to four teams.
Less than an hour after the ARU made public its intention to cut the Force, the franchise fired back declaring they would explore whatever means possible to remain Super Rugby.
The ARU said it made a decision to discontinue the Force's Super Rugby licence after weeks of consultation with rugby bodies and stakeholders, including government and commercial partners.
Asked why the Force asked were cut rather than the Rebels, Pulver said: "We did an exhaustive analysis, a massive spreadsheet on all the variables that went into this decision".
"Furthermore, the significant unbudgeted support funding that has been provided to Super Rugby teams over the past five years has greatly affected our capacity to invest in community Rugby".
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"Rugby WA is considering all options including bringing urgent proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW, and legal action relating to the circumstances which led it to enter into the Alliance Agreement with the ARU".
People within Australian rugby have always been in agreement that five local teams are too much for the Super Rugby Competition - the competition which features teams from NZ, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan.
The Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) said Friday was the "darkest day in the history of Australian rugby" with the ARU "abandoning the game's national footprint".
Asked if there was any restrictions on other teams recruiting Force players or if it was open slather, ARU boss Bill Pulver said: We'll start that exercise on Monday.
The Rebels won just one game, while the Force never made the finals in 12 attempts. "If they don't want an early release we will still honour their contracts".
"This is a sad day for rugby, especially for Western Force fans", Clyne said in a statement. "We accept that there will be anger and resentment over this decision and we sympathize with those fans".