ARU

ARU bids for 2017 Lions tour-opener

Jim Morton The Australian Rugby Union is attempting to lure the British and Irish Lions back for a money-spinning kick-off to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.

Union

Canberra lobbies ARU to be included on Wallabies schedule for Australian matches

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Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne The ACT government has started a bid to lure the Wallabies back to Canberra, lobbying the Australian Rugby Union last week to add the capital on to the Test schedule in the coming years.

Saturday Serve

ARU sabbatical rules set to help Brumbies keep their stars in Australia

Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton It's been dubbed the ''Izzy Folau trump card'' but the ACT Brumbies are set to start using the ARU's new contract protocols as a lure to lock in their stars on long-term deals.

Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales hail ARU contract changes

John Eales led the Wallabies to the World Cup in 1999.

Australia's two Rugby World Cup-winning captains have praised the flexibility of the new player contracting system.

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Union

Brumbies and community rugby staring at $500,000 financial blow after ARU cuts costs

Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano is set to play in the National Rugby Championship.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are staring at a $500,000 black hole in their budget next year after the ARU slashed its funding to Super Rugby franchises and their community rugby programs.

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Union

Brumbies speedster Robbie Coleman eyes Olympic gold as ARU searches for sevens talent

Chris Dutton Robbie Coleman admits to Olympic thoughts as he prepares to be a crucial cog in the Canberra Vikings' NRC back line.

Quade Cooper's contract talks with ARU have stalled

Quade Cooper could be in line for game time with Brisbane City in the NRC in bid to return to the Wallabies.

Danny Weidler Quade Cooper is very much the forgotten man of Australian rugby and there is a danger he may be on the way out as his contract talks have slowed to a crawl.

ARU confident of luring best talent for Sevens despite cash constraints

Sevens potential: Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union is confident it will be able to attract the best talent ahead of Australia's 2016 Olympics sevens campaign without tipping in any extra cash. 

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Rugby

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.

Rugby

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 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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Union

ARU to scrap funding for extended players, leaving clubs to pay for the program

Jesse Mogg emerged from the Brumbies' extended player squad.

Chris Dutton The Brumbies are searching for a spare $250,000 to fund the next generation of players as the ARU prepares to scrap its extended player squad program.

Rugby

ARU announces nine teams to contest National Rugby Championship

Bill Pulver

Nine teams will contest Australian rugby's new national competition over 11 weeks starting in August.

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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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

Fairfax Media writer

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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