Australia Super Rugby cull endorsed at ARU meeting

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Australia's messy Super Rugby situation won't necessarily become any clearer at an emergency general meeting today, but ARU boss Bill Pulver is unlikely to be a sacrificial lamb. Pulver claimed he would step down from the ARU's top job if Tuesday's meeting in Sydney resolved that change was required, but board members elected to maintain the status quo for now.

Three resolutions pertaining to Super Rugby proposed jointly by the Victorian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players' Association will be voted on at ARU headquarters by all the State unions and Super Rugby teams bar the Force, whose licence is owned by the ARU.

However, a motion to facilitate the establishment of a Super Rugby commission was passed at the EGM.

"We've had that commission in the past so we're very comfortable to have that discussion and work out as to whether we do establish that in the future", Clyne said.

Pulver's position has come under pressure as all of Australia's Super Rugby clubs have struggled this season.

There has been no decision which of the Australian Super Rugby franchises will be cut from the competition, but it was confirmed one will face the axe.

On Monday, Pulver had told Fairfax media the ARU job - in which he succeeded John O'Neill in early 2013 - was the only sports administration role he would ever fill, adding: "If the members of Australian rugby felt the game would be better suited with me gone, they don't need to call an EGM".

The South African rugby union has called a special meeting for July 7 to propose which two of its teams will be dropped - nearly certainly the Cheetahs and Kings.

The ARU have set no timeframe and are battling legal challenges from both the Rebels and the Perth-based Force over the cull.

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