The fallout from the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to axe the Western Force from Super Rugby looks set to continue with the news that some Australia supporters will boycott the Rugby Championship clash between the Wallabies and the Springboks in Perth on September 9.
There was always going to be considerable outrage on which ever team, the Western Force or the Melbourne Rebels, was to be axed but to make matters worse for the Australian Rugby Union, the saga looks set to affect their most prized asset, the Wallabies.
Michael Cheika’s side are currently preparing for their Bledisloe Cup encounter with the All Blacks which takes place next Saturday but they may be faced with the unprecedented situation whereby the colours of the home side will be outnumbered by a rival team for the Springboks clash in Perth on September 9.
There is a large South African expat community in Perth who are expected to attend the match. To make matters worse, Western Force supporters who had tickets for the Wallabies match are currently looking for refunds according to Fox Sports.
For Western Force supporters who will attend the game regardless, they are expected to wear the blue of their beloved club, rather than the gold of the Wallabies. This will likely lead to a situation where there will be more rival jerseys on show in the stadium compared to that of the home team, something which rarely happens in international Test rugby union.
WA Rugby President, Hans Sauer, told the Sunday Telegraph:
“There will be a massive boycott, that is sad, but I think the stadium will be full because there are a large number of expat South Africans living in Perth.
“It will be an away game for the Wallabies, there will be very few yellow jerseys in the crowd. That is what our national union has forced us into.
“I am advocating to all Force fans not to boycott it, but to wear the Force colours.”
Expect the fallout of the Westerns Force’s demise to continue.