Posts Tagged "ARU"

Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest insists he will go ahead with his Indo Pacific Rugby Championship even if Rugby Australia don’t approve it.

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By , 26 Jan 2018

While the Six Nations may be all anybody can think about at the moment, it’s worth noticing that the Super Rugby season is only a month away. As a result, my post-traumatic stress has started to kick in, and I feel there is a need to address to current flux of Australian rugby.

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There’s a buzz word in the marketing world for those with the ability to shape the opinions, actions and buying habits of others. They’re called ‘Influencers’.

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We would all do well to remember that Michael Cheika was approached by Rugby AU and not the other way around.

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The governing body of Australian rugby has had a facelift – at least with its logo and branding – with the Australian Rugby Union now referred to as Rugby Australia.

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With a rare Test victory against New Zealand secured last week in Brisbane, Australian rugby took the first positive steps forward in what seems like an age.

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Last week I wrote about the Wallabies’ continued struggles with their basic skills.

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The 2017 season has been a challenging and revealing one for Australian rugby.

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Here’s a wacky thought that seemed far from likely back in June, and even as recently as mid-August: the Wallabies could very easily finish with a winning 2017 international season.

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In the aftermath of the ARU’s decision to ‘discontinue’ the Western Force from Super Rugby, and Andrew Forrest’s promise to establish an Indo-Pacific rugby competition while also supporting the NRC, concerns have been raised.

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The Wallabies go into the fourth game of the Rugby Championship still searching for their first win, despite commendable performances in their last two outings against New Zealand and South Africa.

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A rising tide lifts all boats. What does that mean?

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Another rugby union Test over and get another round of commentary. Lots of talk of the Wallabies ‘building’ – they seem to be forever building – and plenty of advice for the coach.

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Cast your mind back some nine months to January 2017. Australian Rugby is at a low ebb, the Wallabies have had a poor 2016 season with only six wins from 15 games including four losses to England and three to the All Blacks.

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Like every Aussie rugby supporter who still believes in a fair go, I was left with a mix of anger and sadness for our mates in the West when I heard the NSW Supreme Court has decreed that the Western Force will be no more.

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Former Wallaby John Welborn has welcomed the Senate inquiry into the Australian Rugby Union, saying he is disgusted by the leadership of the rugby governing body.

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A Senate committee will inquire into the future of rugby union in Australia, a day after the ARU’s victory in its fight to axe the Western Force from Super Rugby.

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The NSW Supreme Court has pretty much added the final nail the coffin of the Western Force in Super Rugby. The decision has been made and even though the ARU have been shown to be shifty in their dealings with the WARU, the courts have sided with the former.

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Australian rugby union chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to express an opinion on billionaire Andrew Forrest’s touted plan for a rebel competition.

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It’s time now for Andrew Forrest to back off with his campaign to smash the ARU over its decision to axe the Western Force from the 2018 Super Rugby tournament.

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