The NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies want to make sure Super Rugby is on track for next year.
Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.
Wests had hoped to launch an appeal to save Ben Coutts' grand final dream, but it fell short on Thursday.
Canberra Royals have called on Sam Carter as a grand final reinforcement on Saturday.
The Brumbies hope a better draw and lower ticket prices will counteract Australian rugby's woes.
Ben Coutts was hoping to break a 19-year premiership drought before the judiciary ruined his birthday.
Christian Lealiifano has a pair of boxing gloves to remind him to keep throwing punches in a fight against leukaemia.
Tom Cusack will captain the Canberra Vikings, but another skipper could join the team for the NRC.
ACT Brumbies back and Perth junior Kyle Godwin was shattered when he heard the Western Force had been axed.
Wests will play Royals in the grand final after a thrilling and controversial triumph against Tuggeranong.
Christian Lealiifano will take the next step in his comeback journey when he moves to Ireland in the coming weeks.