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John O'Neill quits Rugby World Cup post

John O'Neill has quit his role as a director of the Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons.

John O'Neill steps down from ARU

John O'Neill.

Managing director and CEO of the Australian Rugby Union, John O'Neill, will stand down from his post on October 31.

John O'Neill joins RWC15 board

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief executive John O'Neill was appointed to the 2015 Rugby World Cup board on Thursday, as was Wales Rugby Union (WRU) chairman David Pickering.

Why Australia may be the saviour of SANZAR

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Marc Hinton With the southern hemisphere alliance facing increased pressure to gain a bigger slice of the broadcasting pie, it's worth asking what Australian rugby brings to the table.


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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How Wallabies captain John Eales almost got the knife at secret lunch meeting

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Georgina Robinson It was the lunch that almost changed the course of Wallabies history, when rugby powerbrokers met after Australia's 61-22 record loss to South Africa in August 1997.

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Kurtley Beale settles into the quiet life

Kurtley Beale

Georgina Robinson IN A townhouse in the streets directly behind the northern goalposts of Allianz Stadium, Kurtley Beale hosts a Mexican night for his mates.

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Rocky Melbourne Rebels to leave no stone unturned

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Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels have been described in various ways since a consortium of business people, fronted by media buyer Harold Mitchell, was awarded Australia's fifth Super Rugby licence before the...

World Cup schedule 'fair'

England Rugby 2015 ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio holds the Webb Ellis Cup during the announcement of the schedule for the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday.

Two leading Australian rugby chiefs insist 2015 schedule the fairest so far.

Schedule at odds with Woodward's harsh words

Bill Pulver

Georgina Robinson ARU boss Bill Pulver has hit back at British rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward after he accused Australia of treating the British and Irish Lions with ''contempt''.

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Rebels owners hand in shares

Melbourne Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos ARU’s experiment with private ownership of a Super Rugby franchise in Melbourne comes to an end with foundation shareholders of the Rebels giving up their stakes.


Meehan calls it quits as Forces's attack coach


Georgina Robinson Steve Meehan has left the Western Force after less than a year as their attack coach.

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With amigos like these ...


Andrew Webster SOMEONE had to say something.

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Pay cut test for Wallabies

Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver.

Jim Morton Wallabies poised to accept pay cuts to help stop the cash-strapped code going broke.

Genia and Cooper need to become the new Gregan and Larkham

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Spiro Zavos ON Saturday night at Dunedin, Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies are facing a rampant All Blacks side looking hungrily for a 3-0 blackwash in Bledisloe Cup Tests this year.

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O'Neill bows out of top job

John O'Neill.

Russell Jackson Veteran Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill said yesterday that he believed the time was right for him to stand down, with the move leaving his successor to oversee some crucial issues facing...

Lions series to decide Deans' fate

Robbie Deans

Brisbane Wallabies coach has shown he can walk a wobbly tightrope but there'll be no safety net in June.

Rugby Union

Collar bomb hoax victim's father takes over at ARU

Madeleine Pulver

Bill Pulver, the father of collar bomb hoax victim Madeleine, is the new chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

Deans must reapply, says Pulver

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Rupert Guinness WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans will have to reapply for his position when his contract runs out at the end of the year, the new ARU chief executive Bill Pulver says.

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Game must underline clean slate to rid stain

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Spiro Zavos THE ARU was told a year ago by ASADA, while the Australian Crime Commission's secret investigation into doping and match-fixing in Australian sport was gathering pace with its investigations and...

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