3 Super Rugby franchises to hold crisis talks with ARU
Cape Town - Three of Australia's Super Rugby franchises will conduct a meeting with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).
The aim is to make sure that major staff turnover and a legal battle
with the Western Force isn't a distraction for the future of the game.
The Waratahs, Reds and Brumbies representatives will have the meeting
on Friday and hope to get a better idea of what the ARU's plans are for
next year and beyond.
A stalemate currently exists between Australian rugby and the Western
Force. The Force are trying to keep their place in Super Rugby, while
the ARU continues a significant staff overhaul.
Chief executive Bill Pulver, chief operating officer Rob Clarke and
chief financial officer Todd Day have all resigned this year. The
general manager of marketing and insights Jade MacAuslan and general
manager of commercial and marketing John Nicholl are also rumoured to be
leaving the ARU very soon.
The Force and the Melbourne Rebels won't be at this meeting because
it was allegedly organised a month ago, far before the outcome of an
arbitration hearing last week.
It has also been alleged that the Rebels were never considered to
join the meeting, even though it appears certain they will remain in
Last week it was decided that the Force would be axed after
succeeding in arbitration hearing.
RugbyWA has since launched an appeal
in the New South Wales Supreme Court. If the appeal is successful, a date next week will be agreed upon for the case to be heard.