ARU set to announce a new CEO

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    If my information is correct, Michael Hawker will name his former 1984 Grand Slam Wallaby team mate Bill Calcraft as the CEO of the Australian Rugby Union at a press conference at 2pm today.

    For those of you who are asking Bill who, here is a little background on the man.

    William Joseph Calcraft is a an unassuming 53 year old who played three Tests for the Wallabies between 1985-86 under the tutelage of Alan Jones, who noticed Calcraft’s competitive, non nonsense style when Jones coached Calcraft and Manly to the Sydney premiership in 1983.

    Like Hawker, Calcraft did not win starting selection for any of the 1984 Grand Slam tests but was a try scoring debutant against Canada in Sydney in 1985.

    Calcraft went on to play two more Tests against Argentina and Italy in 1986.

    Calcraft never played in a losing Wallaby team. Furthermore, Calcraft is also the nephew of the late Bill Gunther, himself a former Wallaby forward of the 1950s.

    Calcraft went onto the famed Oxford University, where in between captaining the rugby team, he read politics, philosophy and economics.

    Post rucking and mauling, Calcraft has performed in the boardroom winning “Renewable Energy Award” whilst working for Allianz Insurance.

    Calcraft has recently been working as an investment banker and has gained a reputation for possessing integrity and a no-nonsense commercial brain.

    Calcraft appears to be a good fit for the CEO role as Australian rugby is in need of fresh thinking – a renewable energy, if you will.

    Coupled with his relationship with Hawker, his own Wallaby credentials, and a no-nonsense approach to life and a reputation for hard work and integrity, things look positive for Australian Rugby … if my information is correct.

    On a side note, former ARU CEO Jon O’Neill was sighted dining with Robbie Deans at Mosman’s own Il Peregino Restaurant with their respective wives just prior to Christmas.

    Now, what would those two be chatting about?

    Note: At time of publishing, The Roar couldn’t verify if this ‘Roar of the Crowd’ opinion article about Bill Calcraft’s possible appointment is correct or not.

    Following the ARU’s announcement at 2pm, Bill Pulver has been chosen as the new CEO for Australian Rugby Union.

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    • Editor

      January 9th 2013 @ 9:10am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 9th 2013 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      Roarers, we’re not sure if Uncle is on the money with his opinion article here. While Uncle has sources in high places, on this one we may have to wait and see until 2pm, when the ARU make their announcement.

      • January 9th 2013 @ 10:23am
        Atawhai Drive said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:23am | ! Report

        Hope that doesn’t mean you’ve had a phone call from Peter Jenkins or some other heavy at the ARU, Tristan.

        • Editor

          January 9th 2013 @ 10:25am
          Tristan Rayner said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          We called the ARU, Atawhai:- “No comment before an announcement.”

          • January 10th 2013 @ 1:38pm
            Gatesy said | January 10th 2013 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

            Bit of a howler, Uncle!!

    • January 9th 2013 @ 9:42am
      Valleys Diehard of Brunswick st said | January 9th 2013 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      Attn Bill Calcraft: Please sort out the fools at North Sydney in both ARU HQ and the demons at NSWRU. The Shute shield is not sacrosanct and should ( and will be) dismantled to make way for a genuine NPC.

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    • January 9th 2013 @ 9:46am
      Atawhai Drive said | January 9th 2013 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      Thanks for bringing us up to speed on Calcraft’s post-rugby career, Uncle.

      The ARU could do a lot worse.

    • January 9th 2013 @ 9:50am
      Worlds Biggest said | January 9th 2013 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Thanks Uncle, didn’t read or see his name mentioned anywhere. Big job for Bill coming up.

    • January 9th 2013 @ 10:12am
      cm said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      To save my tired fingers, Uncle, are you able to reveal the position Calcraft played for the Wallabies? I infer he was a forward.

      • January 9th 2013 @ 10:21am
        Atawhai Drive said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:21am | ! Report

        Loose forward, cm. Wore No 7.

      • January 9th 2013 @ 10:51am
        p.Tah said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        didn’t typing that request take more effort than typing ‘Bill Calcraft Wallaby’ into Google? 😉

        • January 9th 2013 @ 11:05am
          cm said | January 9th 2013 @ 11:05am | ! Report

          And go to all the effort of opening another screen, p.Tah? It’s still January, I’m still lazy and anyway I thought it would be nice to share on the Roar.

          • January 9th 2013 @ 11:11am
            Atawhai Drive said | January 9th 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

            And I got the opportunity to jump in and respond to someone who actually knows how to use ‘infer’ correctly.

            • January 9th 2013 @ 12:37pm
              Who Needs Melon said | January 9th 2013 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

              What are you inferring?!? 🙂

              • January 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm
                Atawhai Drive said | January 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

                Reminds me of journos’ strike meeting in the 1970s. Main speaker savagely sledged for repeatedly using ‘infer’ when he meant ‘imply’.

    • January 9th 2013 @ 10:12am
      Brett McKay said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Nice scoop Uncle, I’ve not seen any names mentioned anywhere, so well played.

      But I can’t resist asking – who will it be if your info’s wrong? 😉

      • January 9th 2013 @ 10:41am
        Uncle Argyle said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:41am | ! Report

        Not sure but the QRU are not sdvertising and Matt Carroll is linked to O’Neill – the past. I could be wrong but I know Calcraft is in the mix. If iam wrong iam wrong but lets wsit and see. Enjoyed your cricket articlrs btw.

      • January 9th 2013 @ 10:44am
        kingplaymaker said | January 9th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        Brett why not put yourself up?

        • Columnist

          January 9th 2013 @ 2:43pm
          Brett McKay said | January 9th 2013 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

          couldn’t afford the paycut, KPM 😉