ARU won't back down on Super axing

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:03
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SUPER RUGBY NEWS: The Australian Rugby Union endorsed the decision to scrap one of the country's Super Rugby teams and stuck with its embattled chief executive Bill Pulver, who has been under pressure over the move.

ARU members voted in favour of axing one of Australia's five teams, which has become bogged down in legal wrangling since it was first announced by SAANZAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body, in April.

"The majority of members have voted in support of going from five teams to four," ARU chairman Cameron Clyne told reporters after an emergency general meeting in Sydney.

The ARU also voted in support of setting up an advisory body - a Super Rugby Commission - to oversee the process, with Clyne adding that members were "very comfortable to have that discussion".

Chief executive Pulver, who had reportedly offered to resign if he was called on to go, was not challenged at the meeting, Clyne said.

"We recognised that these are long-term trends and everybody in the room - the ARU board right through to all the others - we've all got accountability for what are long-term trends, not just in rugby, but in sport.

"It was actually a very constructive and civil discussion, there were no discussions of leadership changes or anything like that," he said.

Either the Force or the Rebels will be cut from next year's competition, which is returning to 15 teams after expanding to an unwieldy 18 this season.

Tuesday's meeting was called by the Victorian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players' Association, who both want answers on how the ARU plans to proceed with its plan to cut a team. But Clyne could not provide clarity on when the decision will be made. 

"We've always said we'd like to bring it to resolution as quickly as possible but we don't control that timing. When you're making a difficult change, I accept there is criticism that it's taken time.

"Had I come out on April 10 and said we're going to exit a team and it's going to take four months, there'd be equal criticism coming back," he added.

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