Rugby Union

Tue 12 May 2020

Merciless NRL to pick at carcass of rugby

premium_icon Merciless NRL to pick at carcass of rugby

With Rugby Australia on the brink of insolvency, NRL clubs are set to launch cross-code raids to snare the 15-a-side game’s established stars and elite rookies.

Sun 10 May 2020

Worst blunder in sporting negotiation history

premium_icon Worst blunder in sporting negotiation history

The breakdown of a longstanding relationship with Fox Sports, followed by an economy-killing virus, has left rugby with no friends.

Thu 7 May 2020

$7m shadow over Rugby Australia solvency

premium_icon $7m shadow over Rugby Australia solvency

NSW chairman Roger Davis says ‘Rome is burning’ and time running out for the game as concerns are raised by accountants KPMG over Rugby Australia’s solvency.

Bright light at end of another tumultuous day for rugby

premium_icon Bright light at end of another tumultuous day for rugby

Rugby Australia has finally arrived at a position of hope, with one of the country’s leading rugby administrators taking on the job of interim CEO.

Mon 4 May 2020

Speculation grows on rugby’s new boss

premium_icon Speculation grows on rugby’s new boss

Matt Carroll reported to be replacing Raelene Castle as Rugby Australia CEO.

Sun 3 May 2020

Old guard retains control of World Rugby

premium_icon Old guard retains control of World Rugby

Challenger Agustin Pichot has failed in his bid to unseat incumbent Bill Beaumont as the boss of World Rugby.

Thu 30 Apr 2020

Australia must be selfish to revive the game

premium_icon Australia must be selfish to revive the game

Former Wallabies skipper Rod McCall believes Australia must cut ties with close allies to re-engage fans as the rebel Wallabies captains contact RA board.

Long layoff just the tonic for injured Reds

premium_icon Long layoff just the tonic for injured Reds

The worldwide pause on sport during the coronavirus crisis has had a silver lining for Reds stars Harry Wilson and Jordan Petaia.

Wed 29 Apr 2020

Rugby’s billionaire is ‘force’ of nature game needs

premium_icon Rugby’s billionaire is ‘force’ of nature game needs

Rugby Australia must call on the man who is “key to uniting and repairing the game with his resources and acumen”.

Mon 27 Apr 2020

Trans-Tasman comp set to erase Super Rugby forever

premium_icon Trans-Tasman comp set to erase Super Rugby forever

The mooted trans-Tasman series could become the permanent norm.

Sun 26 Apr 2020

Cross-code star calls time on eventful journey

premium_icon Cross-code star calls time on eventful journey

It would be bending the truth to say that the coronavirus scourge prematurely ended his enduring career.

Rugby Australia bet on an outsider in huge gamble

premium_icon Rugby Australia bet on an outsider in huge gamble

For all the talk about breaking away from SANZAAR and going it alone, Rugby Australia needs its biggest rivals more than ever

Fri 24 Apr 2020

‘Abhorrent’ bullying broke rugby boss

‘Abhorrent’ bullying broke rugby boss

Rugby Australia chairman Paul McLean has launched a stinging attack on Raelene Castle’s critics after she resigned as CEO last night.

Will Castle resignation impact incoming coach?

premium_icon Will Castle resignation impact incoming coach?

Could newly appointed Wallabies coach follow resigned Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle out the door?

Thu 23 Apr 2020

Rugby boss resigns on the spot

Rugby boss resigns on the spot

Raelene Castle has walked away from the top job in Australian Rugby, releasing a statement to confirm her immediate resignation.

Pandemic puts the brakes on Aussie golden couple's dreams

premium_icon Pandemic puts the brakes on Aussie golden couple's dreams

Rugby’s power couple tend to Southern Downs farm instead of chasing gold in Tokyo.

Tue 21 Apr 2020

‘Stand aside’: Wallabies legends’ incredible RA demand

premium_icon ‘Stand aside’: Wallabies legends’ incredible RA demand

In an unprecedented move, 11 of Australia’s most decorated rugby captains have co-signed a letter calling for the current RA leadership to stand down.

Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ may give look at Super future

premium_icon Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ may give look at Super future

After locking in the player pay deal, Rugby Australia is now turning attention to competition structures after the COVID-19 crisis eases.

Mon 20 Apr 2020

Overseas stints part of rugby stars’ pay deal

premium_icon Overseas stints part of rugby stars’ pay deal

Australia’s biggest rugby stars will be allowed to chase lucrative, short-term overseas contracts to supplement lost wages.

Players trade pay for greater powers

premium_icon Players trade pay for greater powers

Hard talks between Rugby Australia and its players union have produced a pay deal that will save the sport millions over the next six months — at a price.

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