John O’Neill ARU resignation: Live blog, updates
Australian rugby union player Ben Robinson, ARU chief executive John O'Neill and SANZAR CEO, Greg Peters. AAP Image/Paul Miller
The ARU are set to announce that Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill AO will resign from his positions with Australian rugby’s peak body. We’ll bring you live updates from this morning’s press conference from 11am (AEDT).
As reported earlier, Australian national media, including The Roar, will gather for a press conference at ARU Headquarters at 11am.
A media release from the ARU pointed towards “a significant announcement regarding the future of Australian Rugby”.
Following clarifications this morning, The Roar understands the press conference will announce O’Neill is standing down from his positions with the ARU. It is understood the move is made at O’Neill’s decision.
Reports have suggested current Deputy Chief Executive Matt Carroll will step up into an interim role, with a global search to take place for a replacement.
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, after the British and Irish Lions Tour.
He has overseen the game for 14 of the last 17 years, and it is understood O’Neill, 61, will retain his roles with the IRB and the Rugby World Cup organising committee.
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