Posts Tagged "ARU"

The question all rugby tragics would like answered is; what is wrong with the rugby in Australia at the moment?

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It seems to me that the ARU has lost sight of commercial reality.

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Not so Super Rugby

By , 24 Jun 2017

Rugby in Australia is in a mess. There is no hiding from it.

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The June Internationals are about to get very, very serious on the eastern side of the Tasman, while on the western side, things are already very, very serious for very, very different reasons.

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Bill Pulver won’t be stepping down as ARU CEO following today’s Extraordinary General Meeting, nor will Australian rugby’s governing body be backing away from their decision to cut one Super Rugby team for next season.

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Australia’s messy Super Rugby situation won’t necessarily become any clearer at Tuesday’s emergency general meeting, but ARU boss Bill Pulver is unlikely to be a sacrificial lamb.

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So much for Michael Cheika’s aspiration to go into the Rugby Championship with a settled starting side and with the momentum of three successive victories from the Wallabies’ June Tests.

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The future of ARU boss Bill Pulver, moreso than that of the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels, is likely to come to a head at Tuesday’s emergency general meeting in Sydney.

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The inaugural Australian Football League Women’s competition went from strength to strength earlier this year.

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Another week. Another blow for the ARU.

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Rugby WA has agreed to arbitration with the ARU over the drawn out saga to cull an Australian Super Rugby team.

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RugbyWA and the ARU have committed to attempting to fast-track the legal dispute between the two parties currently before the Supreme Court of Western Australia through arbitration.

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The loss of Buildcorp’s naming rights sponsorship of the NRC, along with BMW and Lion Nathan walking away from their rugby deals, should be a wake-up call to the ARU that the experiment of using the rugby game as an ‘agent of social change’ must stop.

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Just when you thought this year couldn’t get any worse for the ARU, Buildcorp has pulled out of their deal as major sponsor of the NRC.

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Australia’s long-running Super Rugby team axing saga is set to be thrashed out behind closed doors at an extraordinary general meeting of the Australian Rugby Union on June 20.

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Just over ten weeks ago I penned an article in defence of the rugby club that I grew up supporting and to criticise the ARU’s strategy for the future of Super Rugby.

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And so in Australia the twin power-drunk dogs (ARU and SANZAAR) are being dragged along, bumping up and down behind an old ute looking to replace its drive train with something better.

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I became a foundation member of the Melbourne Rebels as soon as membership became available, but shortly I will be renouncing it. Here’s why.

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Western Force veteran Matt Hodgson has revealed some of his teammates have been left mentally shot by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the franchise’s future, and says the situation is also ruining rugby in Australia.

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Early last year, at the finish of the Randwick Rugby Club’s meeting to launch the new rugby season, I approached Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, to ask him an important question: “How much is the ARU paying David Pocock for not playing Super Rugby or for the Wallabies in 2017?”

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