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  • Pay Days For RFU And ARU

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) appear to be in for big pay days. Although England only play three games during this year’s autumn internationals, interest in the game against the All Blacks has rocketed with tickets being sold for almost £1,000 on exchange websites, according to The Telegraph. It is thought that the huge interest, together with a number of other factors, will enable the governing body to be debt free by the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The Aus...

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  • Lions Ball Unveiled By ARU And Gilbert

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and match ball partner Gilbert have unveiled the ball to be used during the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia. The "Virtuo", which has been used for the past two seasons in Australia, features the colours of the Qantas Wallabies and Lions. “Australians have been waiting 12 years for the Lions to return to our shores and anticipation surrounding this tour is building every day,” says ARU chief executive officer Bill Pulver. “Unveiling a new ma...

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  • ARU Announces Deficit For 2014

    The Australian Rugby Union has announced an overall deficit of A$6.3 million for 2014 as part of its Annual General Meeting.The organisation revealed the huge loss and that it achieved an underlying business surplus of A$700,000 via a press statement following the AGM. The statement said that 2014 was "a year that focused on driving a sustainable future for the game, through direct grants to member unions and the delivery of national programs". The ARU also announced that it would now seek feedb...

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  • Super Rugby Expansion Plans On The Horizon

    Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver has revealed the announcement of an expanded and restructured model for Super Rugby is only a fortnight away, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.  With a meeting with provincial chief executives coming this week, Pulver has backed a four-conference Super 18 model for 2016 where Australian and New Zealand conferences would remain the same and South Africa would be split into two. According to the Herald, the new proposed model means Australia's f...

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  • Michael Hawker Appointed RWCL Board Director

    Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced the appointment of Australian Rugby Union Chairman Michael Hawker AM as a Director of the Rugby World Cup Board. Hawker’s appointment follows unanimous approval by the IRB Executive Committee. He joins IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset, IRB Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins, WRU Chairman David Pickering and IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper on the Board, which is responsible for all Rugby World Cup properties. Hawker, who also sits on the IRB Executive Commit...

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  • BLK Back In Business

    The financially stricken, Australian holding company of the kit supplier, BLK has been sold to an East Timor-based company and Fiji-based investors for an undisclosed sum. The sports apparel group went into administration in November following what administrators PPB Advisory called “overinvestment on staff, stock and premises” and a natural disaster affecting the company’s Fijian manufacturing base. The company’s new owners are a consortium led by Timor-based oil and energy company Espe...

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  • ARU Creates New Salary Cap

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) have reached an agreement to cut test match fees will by 23 per cent as well as introduce a brand new salary cap for the country's Super Rugby sides. The changes mean that Wallaby players will receive $10,000 per game instead of $13,100 over the next four years and the five Super Rugby teams will now have to operate under a $5 million salary cap. Bill Pulver, ARU chief executive, insists that the changes were absolutely...

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  • Lions’ Fans Fury Over Australian Ticket Hike

    ... tickets is causing fury among Lions fans wanting to travel to Australia this summer, reports The Rugby Paper. Face price for Test tickets is £61 (AU$95) but British and Irish fans are being charged up to £300 for a ticket due to levies imposed by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Lions Ltd, the umbrella company for the British and Irish Lions. The ARU are heavily implicated in ramping up the prices by charging Lions Ltd £200 per ticket for the bulk of their 8,000 allocation. The addition...

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  • ARU Seals Bumper TV Rights Deal

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has signed a new A$285 million (£137 million) five-year deal for its share of the broadcasting rights for the Super Rugby competition and international matches. That represents a 148 percent increase on the revenue it achieved from the previous deal and is an even more bumper improvement than had been expected. No details for New Zealand or South Africa have been revealed for 2016-20 but the new Super Rugby broadcasting rights deal appears to compare favourably...

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  • ARU Hoping Lions Will Help Overturn Losses

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has revealed that it recorded a significant deficit of $8.3 million last year and it is pinning hopes of a return to profitability this year on the visit of the Lions this summer. The net deficit was actually $2.3 million lower than in 2011 and total revenue rose by $21.0 million to $96.6 million but gross expenditure also soared by $17.2 million to $100.3 million. The ARU’s chairman Michael Hawker said that the financial results were caused by the governing bo...

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