"It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR", ARU chairman Cameron Clyne told a media conference.
Clyne said a decision would be made after talks with the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels, meaning the ACT Brumbies, NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds will be in the 2018 competition.
"Actually everything we do, whether growing participation, engaging with fans, delivering high performance outcomes, ultimately it should all be financially measurable".
It was announced by governing body SANZAAR on Sunday following the Force's win over the Southern Kings at nib Stadium that the Super Rugby competition will be cut from 18 teams to 15 for 2018.
The Western Force remain hopeful they will survive in Super Rugby with chief executive Mark Sinderberry urging the Australian Rugby Union to consider more than financial factors.
Pulver said all contracted players would have a home in Super Rugby, but wouldn't be forced to go anywhere specific, but the future of non-contracted players would depend on interest from other teams.
The new format sees the Sunwolves from Japan join the Australian conference and Jaguares from Argentina join South Africa's.
Getting to the other point of the reduction and on performance value alone, an extra team should rather be culled from Australia instead, especially seeing that in the current 2017 fold, the Brumbies are the only performing Aussie side of a really poor bunch.
Changes to Investec Super Rugby's structure will boost the competition's ability to achieve its long term strategic goals, allowing all teams to benefit from an internationally strong, robust and exciting tournament, New Zealand Rugby said today.
But the former Highlanders coach, who won the Super Rugby title in 2015, did say "it's interesting to know what success looks like".
"It's a hard question to answer, that's the crux of the decision, is four teams better for Australian rugby than five teams?" "It was not the determination of any one Union or stakeholder and follows a thorough assessment and review of the tournament over the last nine months".
While the Kiwi outfits continue to dominate the competition, Tew said viewer numbers in Australia and South Africa had "plummeted" this season. The truth too is that the depth of the player base in Australia and South Africa can not justify the number of teams they have at the moment - their talent is spread too thinly.
SA Rugby CE Jurie Roux confirmed that the decision to reduce South Africa's Super Rugby participants from six to four had been unanimously accepted at executive level.
"The players enjoy the challenge of having to go to Africa and perform and that's been historically the case since Super Rugby started". That immediately injects an integrity that the 18-team competition has lacked.
The Chiefs beat the Stormers 60-21 in the first stage of last season's playoffs but memories of that defeat were partly expunged as the Chiefs became the first New Zealand team to lose this year to a team from another conference.
Western Force are on tenterhooks awaiting word of their future.