Rebels throw 'law' book at ARU

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:01
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SUPER RUGBY REVAMP: The Melbourne Rebels finally voiced their disappointment against the Australian Rugby Union, following the decision to axe one of the Australian Super Rugby teams from the competition.

The ARU announced that either the Melbourne Rebels or the Western Force would be cut from next year's Super Rugby competition - in an effort to reduce the five Australian teams to just four.

The criteria for axing a team was based on financial and on-field performance.

However, in a strongly-worded statement Rebels deny the right of ARU to “cut or chop” the franchise from the competition.

Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union expressed that they were disappointed in the manner in which the matter has been managed and have immediately called on the ARU to publicly state that MRRU can not and is not being ‘cut or chopped’ from the Super Rugby Competition.

MRRU further advise the public that ARU  had no right to say it could do this or to ‘request the Melbourne Rebels to ‘make its case’.

The statement further explained the Union's legal position in the possible cut and stated that ARU has no legal right to revoke the Union's Super Rugby licence.    

"We unequivocally reject that the ARU has any ability to 'chop' or 'cut' the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby licence.

"Any representation by the ARU, including its Chairman [Cameron Clyne], to that effect is legally incorrect and in complete conflict with the constitution of the ARU.

"The ARU’s continued use of these terms and perpetuation of this myth continues to cause significant damage to MRRU and its players and staff," the statement read.
 
It further expressed its disappointment in ARU's handling of the situation: "Despite being advised of its inability to 'chop'  MRRU, the ARU proceeded down this path thereby knowingly causing significant additional damage to MRRU – its players, coaches and stakeholders.

"MRRU is steadfast in its stance that the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) does not have the legal right to ‘cut’  MRRU from the competition and that MRRU is in full compliance with the requirements of its Super Rugby Participation Deed.

"MRRU will continue to perform all of its responsibilities to the Australian Rugby Union under its licence, and fully expects the Australian Rugby Union to do the same,"

"MRRU notes and is very disappointed to hear and read statements that the board and senior management of the ARU did not believe for many years in the five-team model and did not believe that model was financially viable. MRRU notes that this concern was not conveyed to Imperium Sports Management prior to its acquisition of MRRU despite the full board and management of the ARU having the opportunity to do so,"
 
Rebels went onto explained that after the whole debacle they seek compensation.

"Patently through no fault of our own MRRU has suffered significant damage (financial, reputational, commercial and personal) by the ARU’s handling of this whole process and its unnecessary public statements and actions.

"Given these actions, MRRU has notified the ARU of its intention to seek compensation and at this time has reserved all rights,"

To complicate proceedings more, ARU owned Western Force have already taken legal action against after their failed meeting with ARU.

 

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
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Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Blues 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 57 | 14
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10