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Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO Bill Pulver says his organisation remains unmoved from its plan to remove a Super Rugby franchise.
With the Super Rugby quarter-finalists now decided we take a look at those teams who missed out. Next up, the Waratahs who finished 16th.
With the dust having settled on Round 17 of Super Rugby, we’ve gone through the action to pick out the best players of the last weekend.
Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has admitted it was “incredibly disappointing” to end the season with such a poor showing in Perth.
The Force gave Matt Hodgson a victorious send-off as they thumped the Waratahs, winning 40-11 to finish second in the Australian Conference.
Waratahs captain and openside flanker Michael Hooper has admitted that the side’s leadership group has not been successful this year.
The final round of Super Rugby is already underway as we go through Friday’s late game and the six matches set to take place on Saturday.
2017’s Super Rugby campaign hasn’t been a happy one for Australian teams, so the Waratahs and Force will want to end it on a high in Perth.
Check the XVs ahead of Round 17 of Super Rugby which starts on Friday.
The Waratahs have made one change to their starting line-up for the match against the Western Force at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday.