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Court allows Western Force to appeal Super Rugby axing

SYDNEY (AP) A Supreme Court judge has granted the Western Force the right to appeal the Australian Rugby Union's decision to axe the team from the Super Rugby competition.

Justice David Hammerschlag of the New South Wales state Supreme Court on Wednesday said he had read written submissions from both the Force and the ARU and he believed an appeal should be heard.

Hammerschlag said he would go straight into hearing the appeal later Wednesday, but a decision might not be announced until next week.