Posts Tagged "ARU"

Early on in my time with The Roar, I was guilty of writing pieces that were ‘comment chasers’; pieces designed to do little else than generate debate.

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SANZAAR has met in London and after two days of “robust” discussion will meet for “further discussion and consultation” before “final discussion and consultation” that allows “the adoption of changes proposed by the strategic plan,” according to a brief statement from its chief executive Andy Marinos.

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“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit,” so said legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.

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Since before the Super Rugby competition kicked off this season, the talk has been dominated by one topic: how many teams will be cut for 2018.

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Well that caused a bit of a stir!

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It’s bad enough SANZAAR has allowed South Africa six teams against Australia and New Zealand’s five each, but to muddy the tournament even further by adding Japan’s Sunwolves and Argentina’s Jaguares defies description.

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The Australian women’s sevens stars (gold medal winners at the Rio Olympics), an LGBT advocate for greater diversity in rugby (Andrew Purchas), a former Wallabies captain (Phil Kearns) and a stalwart of rugby in South Australia (William Holdich) were all named in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

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It’s hardly controversial to say that Australian rugby faces a challenging 2017.

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World rugby is stronger than ever, but conversely Australian rugby has arguably experienced a decline in general interest and profile ever since the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika fears more Australia players will be lost to cashed-up European club sides with the ARU facing a battle to keep some of the country’s best young talent.

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The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has bowed to pressure from a number of high-profile former players, saying it will review its strategic plan for the code.

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The ARU today announced who Australia will be hosting in the June Tests next year, and it ain’t pretty, with the Lions tour of New Zealand leaving us with slim pickings.

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RugbyWA announced a unique fan ownership model in a bid to save the Western Force Super Rugby franchise from going under.

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It’s been some kind of week in Australian rugby. If you squint hard and put the windscreen wipers on full bore, you’ll be able to see through the mudslinging to where the rugby was played.

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A scrum of former Wallabies, locked in by star players and the coach of the wonderful side that defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park 30 years ago, Alan Jones’ Wallabies, is set on challenging the ARU.

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Working Class Rugger and Brett McKay inspired me to watch a bit of the NRC.

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Many articles on this site like to start with a quote, so here is mine.

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There is a wonderful quote from Lt. General Alfred M Gray, the man brought in to reform the United States Marine Corps in 1987.

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The board of Australian Rugby Union have been presented with a radical proposal for the future of Super Rugby, which would see Australia and South Africa lose a provincial side, reducing the tournament to 16 teams.

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Fresh off the first ever rugby sevens gold medal, which the Australian women’s side won on Tuesday Morning (AEST) at the Rio Olympics the ARU has now announced a new national women’s university competition.

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