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ARU right to stand firm on Test eligibility, says departing Waratahs star Kane Douglas

Edging towards the exit: Kane Douglas.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs second-rower Kane Douglas has backed the ARU's tough stance on Test eligibility as he and good friend Nick Cummins prepare to leave Australia before next year's World Cup.

Michael Foley slams ARU for freeing Honey Badger

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Nick Cummins of the Force looks on after winning the round nine Super Rugby match between the Force and the Waratahs at nib Stadium on April 12, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

David Barbeler Western Force coach Michael Foley says Australian rugby has been "caught with its pants down" in letting Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins leave for Japan.

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ARU boss Bill Pulver 'not unhappy' about losing stars

Looking ahead: Kurtley Beale.

Georgina Robinson Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver says he is "not dissatisfied" with the departures of several high-profile players this year.

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The Breakdown

ARU's National Rugby Championship opener to split Bledisloe Cup Tests

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union is shrugging off criticism of the National Rugby Championship and is planning an opening-round match between the Sydney Stars and Brisbane City at Ballymore on the Thursday...

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Rugby

ARU boss Bill Pulver to be grilled by states over Super 18 plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  New CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on January 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver is expected be face an intense grilling when he pitches the merits of a proposed four-conference model for Super Rugby to the provinces at a meeting in Sydney on...

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Union

ACT Brumbies confident ARU broadcast deal will cover losses in Super Rugby

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Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are satisfied the financial reward of a new broadcast deal will offset the hole in their budget when they lose one home game in a new 18-team, four-conference Super Rugby structure...

Stirling Mortlock urges ARU to consider player sabbaticals to combat NRL

Stirling Mortlock says the ARU needs to

Darren Walton Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock says the ARU must consider allowing players to take sabbaticals between Rugby World Cups in a bid to combat rugby league's forecast raid on the 15-man code.

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Kane Douglas saga highlights plight facing cash-strapped ARU

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Georgina Robinson The Waratahs are fighting hard to keep Kane Douglas after it emerged the Test second rower had agreed, but not signed his name to, a two-year deal with Irish province Leinster this week.

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Rugby

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore backs ARU's new booze regime

Georgina Robinson Wallabies captain Stephen Moore might not believe in booze 'bans', but no-booze "agreements" are another matter.

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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says Kane Douglas should have gotten Wallabies call-up

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Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said workhorse second rower Kane Douglas "deserved" to wear a Wallabies jersey this year despite his upcoming move to Ireland.

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ARU right to steer clear of Andrew Fifita

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Matthew Burke Is rugby still perceived as the little brother to rugby league, in so much as it is easily pushed around and manipulated by those who need an ego boost? That was my thought as the Andrew Fifita saga...

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Waratahs unsure of Israel Folau's inclusion after ARU intervention

Waratahs forward Michael Hooper looks perplexed after a Force try in Perth on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' preparations are in limbo for their crucial home clash with the Bulls this weekend because coach Michael Cheika says he has "no idea" if Israel Folau will be available.

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Rugby

ARU gives Israel Folau green light to return for Bulls match

He's back: Israel Folau will return for the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau's absence in the Waratahs team that lost to the Force last week has revealed a need for all the NSW backs to "step up" and provide more "go forward" whenever he is not available,...

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Waratahs left seething by ARU's Israel Folau benching

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"Frustrated" doesn't begin to explain the reaction to the Australian Rugby Union's 11th-hour intervention to stop Israel Folau playing for the Waratahs this weekend.

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Rugby

ARU has everything to lose in Super Rugby expansion

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Roy Masters Professional rugby union in Australia is lurching inevitably towards a financial cliff, with rising costs and falling revenue expected to exhaust cash reserves midway through next year.

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Lote Tuqiri says ARU must go for broke to keep Israel Folau

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Rupert Guinness The on-field brilliance of Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been so good he has even exceeded the expectations of one of the former NRL and AFL player's first and biggest supporters when he...

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Union

Player sabbaticals could help cash-strapped ARU and Wallabies: George Gregan

George Gregan.

Chris Dutton Wallabies great George Gregan believes sabbaticals would help players and finances.

Rugby

ARU plan to pool Super Rugby funds a joke, says Melbourne Rebels boss

Staying put: Scott Higginbotham wants to re-sign with Melbourne.

Chris Dutton Melbourne Rebels boss Rob Clarke has warned that centralising Australia's Super Rugby operation risks "blowing up the game once and for all", declaring it "an absolute joke" if officials believe it...

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Former Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan appointed to ARU role

Sport: The University of Canberra Brumbies announce the resignation of Chief Executive Andrew Fagan. 22th of November 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Jon Tuxworth Former ACT Brumbies chief executive officer Andrew Fagan has been appointed the Australian Rugby Union's general manager of national teams and competitions.

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ARU has learnt from its mistakes, but new NRC still a risk for clubs

Glory days: Sydney University will be hoping for more glory in the NRC.

Georgina Robinson When news broke in late 2007 that the Australian Rugby Union would axe the Australian Rugby Championship after just one season, professional players, coaches and provincial administrators roundly...

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