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black adder

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Australian rugby bankrupt
October 16, 2013, 10:00:32

Redsman whats happening mate. Looks like too many corrupt Aussie officials milking the system to blame - i.e overexpenditure largely with executive salaries...

 

The Australian Rugby Union's survival is at stake as it sits in a perilous financial position after recording a $A19 million deficit in the past two years and a worrying slump in support for the 15-man game.

 

The Wallabies' dismal results this year - winning just three of their nine Tests to drop to No.4 in the world - have also impacted on attendances and sponsorship.

 

In eight months since replacing John O'Neill as ARU chief executive, Bill Pulver, in his own words, has "brutally attacked the cost base" by making cuts across the board.

 

Even a welcome windfall from the British and Irish Lions tour in winter won't get the ARU out of the hole dug by years of mismanagement.

 

The Wallabies therefore are poised to accept pay cuts to help stop the cash-strapped code going broke.

 

A new collective bargaining agreement is set to end the days of Australian players earning a guaranteed $A14,000 (about $NZ15,900) per Test - win, lose or draw.

 

Warnings of cuts to club rugby have made Pulver, looking to develop a new third-tier national competition, unpopular in club circles but he's making no apologies for taking drastic measures for the good of the game.

 

A reduction of player salaries has firmly been on the agenda and should be revealed in the next two months when a new collective agreement is expected to be finalised.

 

 

 


redsman

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RE: Australian rugby bankrupt
October 16, 2013, 22:01:46
As I said often on this forum not enough Aussies care about the sport v small % of private schools in 2x states representing less than 2% of kids even play the sport. Eg reds players visited my kids school the other day and only 3/30 kids could name 1 player from the reds....... NRL / AFL / soccer all way more popular.... Unfortunate but that is the landscape of rugby in aus....


Cloudy

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RE: Australian rugby bankrupt
October 17, 2013, 02:23:04
 It's because people like you redneck spend too much time jumping on sailing ships and hanging off golf caddies, looking up your netballers skirts and hating on kiwis.  If you spent less time on these activities and more time supporting your wobblies then they wouldn't be in such a financial crisis.  


redsman

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RE: Australian rugby bankrupt
October 17, 2013, 04:58:43

 Ahhh Cloudy bay - if only it was that simple.... unfortunately its not as sad as it is for Aussie Rugby....... we are spoilt for choice in this country (hence why so many of your brethren migrate here) and simply the rugby culture in Australia lacks grass roots....... 

Rugby is typically only really for rich white kids....very small numbers of the elite sportsperson gene pool end up playing rugby here -

 

I think the saviour of aussie rugby will be the 2nd / 3rd generation kiwi & saffa (to lesser degree) migrants..... If you look at the kids on the footy field in some parts of Bris they wouldnt look outta place in sth auckland....... However the talent scouts for NRL are into these guys at 14-15yos so I struggle to see Rugby gaining more ground.... (Maybe we should payoff the refs or something like the AIGs.......???)

 

League is massive at grass roots in QLD / NSW and AFL for the rest of the country - though soccer is the real looming giant.....

 


black adder

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Posts: 190
RE: Australian rugby bankrupt
October 17, 2013, 07:39:23

 Nah Red they said it was financial mismanagement.

 So gives weight to the notion that aussies are nation of illiterates or otherwise the top heavy admin fat cats of the sport are just too greedy... surely the aussies bogans are'nt smart enough for it to be corruption?

 

Paycuts for the players should stop the league boys from wanting to switch codes anyway.

What you really need i think is some kiwis to show you how to run a business instead of your mafia boys killing it.


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