30 April 2007

ACT takes over the ARU

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In the SMH Greg Growden writes of former ACT rugby administrators taking hold of the positions of power in the Australian Rugby Union.

“Former Brumbies chairman Peter McGrath kicked his own winning field goal when he succeeded in forcing Arvid Petersen into not challenging him for the Australian Rugby Union chairmanship…

So with McGrath now heading the board, don’t be surprised in coming days to hear of intense lobbying for former Brumbies CEO Rob Clarke to take Gary Flowers’s spot. Another former Brumbies boss, Mark Sinderberry, may even be a surprise candidate for the job.

UPDATED: The ARU has just (never mind what it says on the media release my feedreader’s got 13:41 today stamped on it) put out a media release confirming this latest twist in the saga.

“The Board of Directors of the Australian Rugby Union today elected Peter McGrath as the new Chairman of the ARU.

Peter McGrath was elected unanimously.

He replaces Ron Graham, who has stepped down as ARU Chairman to assume the role of ARU Vice President.

Peter McGrath, a Canberra based lawyer, is currently the chairman of Sanzar and served 10 years as a Director of ACT Rugby, six years as Chairman.”

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Well done Porky! Good luck.

This was announced at the game on Saturday night – for those who bothered to hang around for the speeches.

Steve_Pedestrian6:15 pm 30 Apr 07

I wouldn’t trust anything Growden says or does, he has been against the ACT and is jealous of our success over the years. His Gregan bashing agenda has failed and because his wilting Waratah/pansys are hopeless, he will continue to bash anything ACT in the future as he has nothing else to write about.

Hopefully this ‘may’ mean another Test Match for Canberra-Hooray!

Well, now I re-read the ARU site – and I’d looked at a story from 2006 (only 12 months ago….) – Oops, sorry about that!

Ahh, here we go, hot off the feed is another media release confirming McGrath’s appointment.

Peter Jenkins in the Daily Tele and Greg Crowden from SMH have been leading a push for NSW man Arvid Petersen for weeks.. Now they’ll probably return to putting the boot into Gregan and anyone else from the ACT who are obviously ruining their lives..

Interesting, the ARU has been so riven lately it’s possibly that announcement was been overtaken by later events.

We’ll have to look into it.

Not sure if that story is right – here is what the ARU site says…

Ron Graham re-elected ARU Chairman
April 27, 2006 – 7:15pm
Story by: ARU
Former Wallaby Ron Graham has been re-elected Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) at an ARU Board meeting held after today’s Annual General Meeting in Sydney, which saw the historic constitutional reform embraced by the ARU last year take effect.
Mr Peter McGrath was re-elected unopposed, while prominent Queensland businessman Mr Terry Jackman joins the ARU Board and will occupy the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Ben Kehoe.
Currently, the ARU Board is:
Ron Graham (Chairman), Mike Brown, Gary Flowers, Travis Hall, Terry Jackman, Peter McGrath

first step towards getting a Canberra Wallabies game????

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