Posts Tagged "Australian Rugby Union"
Three main things went through my mind as I watched John O’Neill handle his shock resignation as ARU boss yesterday. Firstly, he looked and sounded tired.
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The capitulation by the Wallabies on Saturday night was nothing more than embarrassing.
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After my first post last week (a way forward for rugby in Australia), I was surprised how many people agreed with the basic concept, but a common theme in response was ‘we can’t afford it’.
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To be a fly on the wall around the Wallabies right now. Robbie Deans, John O’Neill, the ‘leadership group’ (who ever they are at the moment) and numerous other staff, players and administrators all lead interesting lives.
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There’s been so much talk of late about the stunning difference between the states of rugby on either side of the ditch.
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We all know about stats, don’t we? They are a useful guide, but we should be careful not to always treat them as absolute fact. However, the stats presented below are difficult to ignore. In fact, they are compelling.
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This week I found out just how hard the Australian Rugby Union are making it for anyone who is not a rusted-on-the-hull rugby fan to see the Wallabies.
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Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill is floating the idea of either an ANZAC or SANZAR composite side playing the British and Irish Lions in 2015.
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Australian Rugby Union chief John O’Neill has no qualms about Kurtley Beale returning to the Wallabies side despite the brilliant back having to defend an assault charge.
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After a 10-year reign at the top of the NRL, David Gallop has stepped down as CEO. Some will be sad to see him go, others will be celebrating and happy about his departure, like Phil Gould.
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Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill says recent results scupper the suggestion that Super Rugby’s Australian conference is weak and insists it wouldn’t be a big blow if only one local team make the finals.
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Since taking the helm of the Qantas Wallabies, Robbie Deans has made several mistakes. In hindsight, many of these were avoidable.
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The Southern Kings want in on Super Rugby, which would expand the South African conference from five teams to six.
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News that Football Federation Australia are considering splitting their TV rights deal, to ensure one game a week on free-to-air TV, shows they value the importance of exposure.
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Who are the immortals of Australian rugby union? There have been many great players over the years, but these six stand above the pack.
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The Australian Rugby Union is reviewing its corporate governance to ensure it’s not left behind by rival codes.
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“In some ways the game of rugby is like a bloodless battle.” This is a comment made by the retired Australian general and now board member of the ARU, Peter Cosgrave, to mark the annual Army-Navy rugby match played at Allianz Stadium last Saturday night.
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It seems that after just seven rounds of Super Rugby in 2012, Australian teams are falling off the pace of the high-flying Kiwis and Saffers.
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With the Six Nations over, attention in the northern hemisphere is now on the upcoming mid-year internationals.
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I know we’re in the thick of the Super Rugby action – and that most of those games have been great to watch – but the real deal is when your national team runs out to do battle.
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