Super cull: Aussie players demand emergency meeting

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:18
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NEWS: Australia's top players on Wednesday demanded an emergency meeting of the national governing body, saying the game was being damaged by "the fiasco" surrounding the axing of Super Rugby teams.

The call follows an announcement in April that two South African teams and one from Australia would be cut from the Southern Hemisphere competition from 2018, streamlining it from 18 sides to 15.

The Australian Rugby Union has said either Perth-based Western Force or the Melbourne Rebels would be culled, throwing the sport into disarray and causing anger.

The Force's parent body RugbyWA has launched legal action while the Rebels have also made clear it will seek compensation if disbanded.

With no end in sight, the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) agreed Wednesday to join the Victorian Rugby Union (VRU) in seeking a special general meeting of the ARU.

Under the ARU's constitution, such a meeting must be held if requested by two voting members, potentially bringing the crisis to a head.

"The ARU's intent to axe an Australian Super Rugby team has lacked transparency and consultation with key stakeholders," said RUPA Chief Ross Zenos in a statement. 

"Today's unanimous RUPA board resolution illustrates the commitment of players from all across the country to take action towards a constructive solution to this ongoing fiasco.

"The ongoing uncertainty and secrecy of this process continues to do unprecedented damage to the reputation of the game and has placed unacceptable distress on players and their families."

Heavy hitters on the RUPA board include Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and fellow Test stars Bernard Foley, James Slipper, and Scott Sio.

RUPA vehemently opposes any reduction to the number of Australian teams, presenting various models to the ARU for consideration by Super Rugby's governing body SANZAAR which support the retention of all five franchises.

The ARU has said the decision on which team to axe would be based on financial sustainability, performance and commercial factors.  

But the fallout has been messy, with calls mounting for ARU Chief Executive Bill Pulver to step down over his handling of the issue.

The ARU said they acknowledgeed the request of the Victorian Rugby Union (VRU) and RUPA to convene a special General Meeting of all voting members.

Under the Corporations Act, the ARU is required to provide a minimum notice period of 21 days of the meeting to all voting members.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: "We acknowledge the request by the VRU, supported by RUPA, for a special General Meeting.

"We must provide 21 days notice to voting members to convene a General Meeting. However, in order to prevent further delays the Board is willing to meet with the major stakeholders within a shorter time-frame to detail as much information as we are able on the current process regarding Super Rugby.

"We will aim to hold this meeting within the next seven days."

Agence France-Presse

 

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28