Australian Super Rugby outlook still unclear after emergency general meeting in Sydney

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

Bill Pulver survived as chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union at an emergency general meeting which confirmed a commitment to cutting a Super Rugby franchise but went no further in deciding which one.

Chairman of the ARU Cameron Clyne told the Sydney Morning Herald "there is no question that being CEO of Australian Rugby is a hard job".

Three resolutions pertaining to Super Rugby proposed jointly by the Victorian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players' Association will be voted on at ARU headquarters by all the State unions and Super Rugby teams bar the Force, whose licence is owned by the ARU.

The other resolution of the meeting did get the green light though, with a motion passed to "facilitate a discussion around the establishment of a Super Rugby Commission". "We've had that commission in the past so we're very comfortable to have that discussion and work out as to whether we do establish that in the future".

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said yesterday he remained loyal to Pulver, whose position has come under increasing speculation and scrutiny because of the ARU's decision to axe an Australian Super Rugby team and its handling of the process.

The South African rugby union has called a special meeting for July 7 to propose which two of its teams will be dropped - nearly certainly the Cheetahs and Kings.

Clyne claimed on April 10 that the ARU hoped to reveal the team that would be making way at the end of this season - one of the Rebels and Force - but the decision has continued to be delayed, in part due to the matter becoming embroiled in legal proceedings from both sides.

But the re-jigged competition fell flat with fans, broadcasters and media pundits, who felt the expansion had lowered the quality of games and turned away viewers.

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