John O’Neill retires from ARU
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Australian rugby union chief executive John O'Neill. AAP Image/Paul Miller
Australian national media, including The Roar, have been invited to a press conference at the ARU’s Media Suite on Friday morning.
The media release suggests “a significant announcement regarding the future of Australian Rugby” will be made, with ARU Chairman Michael Hawker AM and ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill AO, in attendance.
The Roar understands the press conference will announce O’Neill is standing down from his positions with the ARU, although this is at this stage unconfirmed.
O’Neill held the position of chief executive of Australian Rugby Union between 1995 and 2003 before taking up the position as head of Football Federation Australia – a position he remained in until 2006.
O’Neill returned to Australian rugby in June 2007, and joined the Rugby World Cup board in March 2012.
His role with the ARU was set to finish in 2013.
Update: The details above have been confirmed. Read The Roar‘s live blog of the announcement.
Later today we will bring you insight from Roar expert Spiro Zavos, who is at the press conference.
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