Ahead of the Super Rugby season, Tom Decent looks at five main talking points.
Wallabies back Dane Haylett-Petty says the ARU would be "crazy" to chop the Western Force from Super Rugby altogether in 2018.
Wallabies outside back Dane Haylett-Petty has re-signed with Western Force, keeping him in Australian rugby for the 2019 World Cup campaign.
Brumbies officials say Canberra's rugby community can't afford to be complacent as SANZAAR contemplates a Super Rugby overhaul.
The Western Force and the Brumbies will avoid the bean-counters' axe as the ARU's appetite wanes for cutting a Super Rugby team. But the let-off is going to cost them.
Brisbane-raised Fiji international Nemani Nadolo has defended his teammates' honour as the RFU is accused of short-changing its Pacific Island visitors.
The Western Force have pulled off a major coup luring Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau to Perth on a one-year deal.
The Brumbies will attempt to put a turbulent 2016 behind them, but their future is uncertain.
ACT Brumbies go on worldwide playmaker search to replace Christian Lealiifano, Matt Toomua, Robbie Coleman in changing of the guard.
Queanbeyan junior Robbie Coleman has been released from the final year of his ACT Brumbies contract to move across the country to join the Western Force.
Coaching in Super Rugby is a tough enough gig - but try doing it when everyone is telling you your team might not exist in two years.
Former Waratahs assistant coach Joe Barakat will return home from Europe to join the Western Force next season.
The Brumbies have secured the services of rising star Kyle Godwin for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
The Western Force have appointed Dave Wessels as senior coach for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
Canterbury NRL winger Curtis Rona will switch to the 15-man code after signing with Super Rugby club the Western Force.
Brumbies co-captain wants to be more boss against the Highlanders and Force coach backs Kyle Godwin's move.
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