Posts Tagged "Australian Rugby Union"

It doesn’t matter if the ARU decision to stand down Waratahs fullback Israel Folau from the Force game in Perth last weekend was right or wrong on medical grounds.

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The immediate playing future of star NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau remains unclear as the Australian Rugby Union remains in control of his availability on return from a throat injury.

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Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver joined us on The Roar for an hour today to answer all your questions on the game in Australia.

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After Roar expert Brett McKay‘s summary of the state of rugby in Australia last week, The Roar put the questions from our experts, as well as some from Roarers, to ARU CEO Bill Pulver.

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It is the most anticipated development in Australian rugby since the introduction of two new Super Rugby teams, but details around the upcoming Australian Rugby Championships have finally been released.

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Just where is rugby at in Australia, currently? There’s been so much talk and commentary and opinion over the last 12 months about how perilous the situation is for the game in this country.

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From the evolution of life itself to the survival of businesses, competition plays a crucial role in forcing adaptation.

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No doubt many Roarers would be relieved and delighted I don’t run SANZAR, or for that matter, Australian rugby.

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In just a few days the 2014 Super Rugby season kicks off as the South African conference gets underway, with last season’s surprise packets the Cheetahs facing this season’s newcomers, the Lions.

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With ARU Chief Executive confirming the establishment of a new National Rugby Championship to commence next season, it is time to investigate the merits of this competition and determine whether it will flop like the Australian Rugby Championship (ARC) did back in 2007.

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The Australian Rugby Union has become one of the first major sporting bodies in the world to display a gay cup in their trophy cabinet.

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Australian rugby is re-implementing a third tier, as ARU CEO Bill Pulver announced from Edinburgh this week that a new national competition of between eight and 10 teams will commence next year.

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A couple of weeks ago, the Queensland Rugby Union announced that their Super Rugby players were back in training for the 2014 season. The other Australian Super rugby franchises are also in training.

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At present, Australian rugby union stocks are slipping. A toxic coach-replacement process brought out diatribe and division, about the very fabric of Australian rugby.

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Take a look at the starting XV for Australia’s must-win match against Argentina on Saturday in Perth.

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Now the dust has settled on the Trans-Tasman battle, and the chest beating, posturing, claims and counterclaims, accusations of cheating by both sides and the odd offensive posts are behind us.

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Following up on my article earlier in the week, I wish to approach another alternative to achieving a third tier in Australian rugby union, which is often looked upon unfavourably by many but would prove much simpler to achieve by utilising existing structures.

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One former Wallaby skipper replaced another on the Australian Rugby Union Board on Tuesday, with former flyhalf Paul McLean stepping in while George Gregan moved aside.

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How much would you be willing to pay to get a third-tier of Australian rugby up and running and how many fans out there would look to invest in the concept?

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A party from the British and Irish Lions yesterday visited Maitland and the grave of 1888 Lions captain Bob Seddon.

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