Rugby Australia

All Blacks versus Kangaroos gets thumbs up

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson has confirmed a hybrid rugby-rugby league match is one of several funding raising options being considered although test rugby remains its priority.

Australian media reports have suggested a 14 a side match has been pencilled in for early December and Robinson says it one of a number of options they are considering to boost their coffers.

Wallabies boss Dave Rennie open to picking players based in New Zealand and Japan

Former Glasgow and Chiefs coach Rennie is quarantining in his native New Zealand and isn’t likely to arrive in Australia until after Super Rugby AU’s July 3 restart.

Rugby’s shutdown has given him ample thinking time and he described the Giteau Law as “under discussion”.

The law allows those playing overseas with 60 or more test caps and seven years of service to Australian rugby to play for the Wallabies, a loosening of the policy that allowed Matt Giteau to play in the 2015 World Cup.

Brumbies release Wallaby Enever on 'compassionate grounds'

The 28-year-old played 49 Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies after arriving in 2015 and was picked for the Wallabies during their 2017 campaign.

Enever has been rehabilitating a lower leg injury earlier in 2020, which prevented him from taking to the field for the club this season.

Brumby number 176, Enever also played 44 times for the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship as well as lining up for Easts Rugby Club in the John I Dent Cup.

Dave Rennie's phone call to Suliasi Vunivalu to keep him from staying in the NRL

The 24-year-old flyer last year signed a A$1.8m two-year deal with the Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia that is due to commence in 2021.

However, the financial downfall that has come with the coronavirus pandemic has thrown that signing into a realm of uncertainty, leading Vunivalu to express some concern over his future.

“If my contract is still there then I’m happy to go on with it, but if not then we’ll see where we go from there,” he said last week.

Rugby Australia call upon big guns in bid to host 2027 World Cup

Chaired by high-profile businessman Sir Rod Eddington, the advisory board includes former Prime Minister John Howard, ex-Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, World Cup-winning Wallabies captain John Eales, Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines, Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth and McLennan, who chairs several ASX-listed companies.

McLennan has spent the weeks leading up to his opening board meeting as chairman assembling the group that will guide RA’s bid to secure the world’s third largest sporting event for Australia – for the first time since 2003.

Australia want to host Rugby Championship "hub"

After a two-month lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, Australian authorities have allowed sports to restart domestic competition but international fixtures remain in doubt due to travel curbs and border controls.

"We're exploring with the Australian government whether that can be a bubble here in Australia and we fly in all of the SANZAAR partners and they are in a training bubble and then we can quarantine effectively and play a competition," RA interim CEO Rob Clarke said on Tuesday.

Massive job cuts and wages slashed as Rugby Australia announce phase one of rebuild

Rugby Australia will shed one-third of its workforce as well as cut salaries as it looks to save $5.5 million in phase one of a brutal wholesale restructure announced on Monday.

After lodging their 2019 financial report that provisionally flagged a $9.4-million loss, RA interim chief executive Rob Clarke announced the massive job cuts in an attempt to reshape the cash-strapped code.

Former Wallabies captain calls for scrapping of Giteau Law in wake of Kurtley Beale's offshore move

NSW Waratahs and Wallabies utility back Beale had his long-touted two-year deal confirmed by the Paris-based Racing 92 on Tuesday morning.

Melbourne Rebels and emerging Wallabies forward Luke Jones will join him at the glamour club from next season, with both set to play in Rugby Australia’s truncated domestic Super Rugby competition before departing.

The move isn’t uncommon, with both players previously enjoying European stints and many others crossing to the NRL or signing rich foreign deals.

An NFL-style combine set to re-start Australia's new domestic competition

It’s been almost two months since professional rugby was last played in Australia when Super Rugby was suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but a revised domestic competition is scheduled to get back underway on July 4.

Senior players within Australia want to introduce a new concept a week before the new competition’s start date in a move that could give rugby a surge of interest in a country where engagement in the sport has been badly waning in recent times.

Wallaby calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

The Melbourne Rebels back believes the competition, which features 15 teams across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, needs to be replaced by a more local product.

"Maybe the model that we've got is a little bit aged and outdated and maybe we need to have a rethink," the 30-year-old told rugby.com.au.

"I guess this is almost forcing us to do it, whether it be in the short term until those borders open or whether it be long-term into something else that's a bit more sustainable, bit more domestically focused.