Super Rugby saga lumbers on

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

"There is no question that being CEO of Australian Rugby is a hard job".

Nic Stirzaker of the Rebels calls his team over during the Super Rugby round ten match between the Blues and the Melbourne Rebels at Eden Park.

Despite a very turbulent time in charge of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Bill Pulver will remain the chief executive of the organisation.

The resolutions ask for the ARU to consider it is in the best interests of rugby in Australia that five teams are maintained in Super Rugby until at least the end of the 2020 season and for the ARU to reconsider its decision to reduce that number.

Pressure has been mounting on the ARU and its top executive since April, when the governing body revealed that one of the Rebels or Force would be cut from the Super Rugby competition within 72 hours - a bold announcement that prompted legal action and a bitter, prolonged and so far unresolved battle between those clubs and the ARU.

The position of ARU boss Bill Pulver would come under even greater scrutiny if any, or all, of the resolutions were carried.

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.

South Africa agreed to cut two teams from Super Rugby and are expected to announce that the Southern Kings and Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs will be axed at a meeting on July 7.

The issue has added to the negative vibe surrounding Australian rugby, caused by poor recent on-field performances at Super and national team levels.

Pulver, whose contract expires next February, can not be removed at the EGM.

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