Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has launched the new Indo Pacific Rugby Championship to kick off next year. Forrest is in negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union to ensure players who compete in his competition will also be eligible to play Super Rugby and represent the Wallabies.
The billionaire’s actions come after his beloved Western Force were cut from Super Rugby. He hopes to have six teams in the competition, which is expected to start early next August.
Forrest said it would be in the ARU’s best interests to allow Wallabies players to feature in the new competition as well as Super Rugby.
Late last month, Forrest called on Cameron Clyne to resign over the ARU chairman’s decision to axe the Force. But the pair had since made up, and Forrest said his discussions with the ARU about the new Indo Pacific competition had been positive.
“There’s been a fair bit of water under the bridge with Cameron and I,” Forrest said. “We had a frank and friendly discussion…