Australia's Super Rugby players were handed a pay rise and squad sizes were expanded to up to 40 players as part of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver has faced a two pronged attack at a Senate inquiry into the Super Rugby axing of the Western Force.
The Western Australian government has threatened to bankrupt the Australian Rugby Union if they don't reinstate the Force in Super Rugby.
The Western Force have been dropped from next season's Super Rugby competition, prompting a shake-up in the national body as its CEO resigned.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver says his organisation remains unmoved from its plan to remove a Super Rugby team.
The Wallabies will host Ireland in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in the first three-Test series ever played between the two nations in June next year.
Timing was against the Australian Rugby Union when billionaire Andrew Forrest offered a multi-million dollar contribution to support the Force.
The Force opened their legal fight to remain a Super Rugby team as they requested an appeal against the decision to axe them and won an injunction against the ARU.
Australian mining billionaire Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest has promised to dig into his own pockets to save the Force as arbitration to decide its fate got underway.
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