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Who will blink first in Australia’s rugby standoff with New Zealand? | Bret Harris

Both could lose out unless a commonsense solution for a trans-Tasman competition is foundWith an impasse reached over a future trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition after New Zealand’s invitation for expressions of interest prompted an angry reaction fr…

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Who will blink first in Australia’s rugby standoff with New Zealand? | Bret Harris

Both could lose out unless a commonsense solution for a trans-Tasman competition is foundWith an impasse reached over a future trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition after New Zealand’s invitation for expressions of interest prompted an angry reaction fr…

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Rugby Australia’s mega-bucks swoop for teenager comes loaded with potential problems | Bret Harris

No 16-year-old is worth even close to $3m and Joseph Suaalii certainly should not be rushed into Super Rugby or Tests before he is readyRugby Australia is seeking to deliver a rare coup, but is gambling the future of the game on a child prodigy who may…

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Australian rugby faces further fracture as New Zealand plan prompts fight for survival

The harsh reality is Australia needs New Zealand more than the other way around, but Australia still has something to offerAustralia seems set to adopt an “all for one and one for all” approach to New Zealand’s proposed trans-Tasman Super Rugby competi…

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Rugby Australia assembles big-hitters to help World Cup 2027 bid

Former prime minister John Howard among seven on boardAustralia has not hosted tournament since 2003Rugby Australia’s new chairman Hamish McLennan has unveiled a formidable advisory board to oversee the bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.Chaired by h…

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Rugby Australia’s ‘product’ runs risk of being diminished by rule changes | Bret Harris

The impact of Super Rugby’s tweaks may stretch as far as the Wallabies’ preparations for Test matchesThe introduction of seven law variations to the Super Rugby AU competition has the potential to backfire spectacularly on the five provincial Australia…

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Private equity emerges as Rugby Australia’s last shot at survival as a major sport | Bret Harris

The broadcast agreement announced this week was only the entrée before the main course that is the next deal from 2021 to 2025Fans are allowing themselves to get excited about a resumption of play after Rugby Australia and Fox Sports announced they had…

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Private equity emerges as Rugby Australia’s last shot at survival as a major sport | Bret Harris

The broadcast agreement announced this week was only the entrée before the main course that is the next deal from 2021 to 2025Fans are allowing themselves to get excited about a resumption of play after Rugby Australia and Fox Sports announced they had…

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Australia seek Rugby Championship at home hub this year

New CEO Rob Clarke in talks with federal governmentExpanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series also toutedRugby Australia wants to establish a quarantine hub which enables it to exclusively host the Rugby Championship if the tournament is staged during the…

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Australia seek Rugby Championship at home hub this year

New CEO Rob Clarke in talks with federal governmentExpanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series also toutedRugby Australia wants to establish a quarantine hub which enables it to exclusively host the Rugby Championship if the tournament is staged during the…

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Clock ticks for Rugby Australia to avoid mass player exodus overseas | Bret Harris

Without an income-generating competition, the three Queensland players may not be the last to walk awayRugby Australia is racing to set up a domestic Super Rugby competition that will not only see a resumption of play, but help to generate much-needed …

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Rugby Australia develops a messiah complex as rescue mission begins | Bret Harris

Incoming chairman Hamish McLennan is the latest to be charged with saving the ailing gameIt was only a month and a half ago that the private equity specialist Peter Wiggs was hailed as the saviour of Australian rugby, whose financial fragility had been…

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Rugby’s factions must pull together or coronavirus crisis could tear sport apart | Robert Kitson

Clinging to the concept of survival of the fittest could bring the game to its knees, even in areas once thought to be strongestFuture historians will pinpoint the past few days as the moment global rugby union came face to face with stark reality. Lik…

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Rugby Australia appoints Hamish McLennan as new chairman

Former TV exec tasked with ‘reshaping rugby economy’McLennan replaces Peter Wiggs on boardRugby Australia has appointed former television and media executive Hamish McLennan as a director and chairman-elect. McLennan is to join the board at its next me…

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Rugby Australia descends into chaos after familiar boardroom turmoil | Bret Harris

Genuine reform will only be achieved when the system of selecting the board is changedAt Rugby Australia the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2012 RA, then known as the Australian Rugby Union, adopted a so-called new independent gover…

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Rugby Australia descends into chaos after familiar boardroom turmoil | Bret Harris

Genuine reform will only be achieved when the system of selecting the board is changedAt Rugby Australia the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2012 RA, then known as the Australian Rugby Union, adopted a so-called new independent gover…

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Rugby Australia director Peter Wiggs resigns as boardroom chaos continues

Exit follows that of chief executive Raelene CastleWiggs had backed instalment of Matt Carroll as new CEOThe winds of change continue to blow through Rugby Australia after director Peter Wiggs resigned from his position on the board.The latest exit fro…

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Raelene Castle becomes latest casualty of Australia’s flawed rugby system | Bret Harris

Did the tenure of the first woman to fill the role of Rugby Australia chief executive really end in failure?Under siege for several months, Raelene Castle tendered her resignation to Rugby Australia just three days after the publication of a letter co-…

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Raelene Castle suffered ‘abhorrent’ bullying before quitting Rugby Australia

‘Faceless’ critics to blame for CEO’s departureCastle steps down after three years in jobRugby Australia chairman Paul McLean has staunchly backed departed CEO Raelene Castle, who he says was subjected to bullying from “faceless people” during nearly t…

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Raelene Castle steps down as CEO of Rugby Australia

Former Wallabies captains had called for change of leadership‘The game is bigger than any one individual,’ says CastleThe embattled Rugby Australia chief executive officer, Raelene Castle, has resigned after being told she had lost the support of the …