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SBD Global/July 3, 2014/Franchises

Jon Collins In Race To Take Over Super Rugby Club NSW Waratahs

Former Australian Rugby Union Dir Jon Collins "has been revealed as the third party interested in a private equity takeover of Super Rugby table-toppers the Waratahs," according to Georgina Robinson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Collins "is in the early stages of talks with the NSW Rugby Union and the ARU, joining the race to run the Waratahs along with rival groups led by former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer and Pet Resorts founder David Levy." Collins "declined to comment when contacted on Wednesday." It is understood that "the England-born businessman, who emigrated to Australia almost 30 years ago, leads the most recent group to declare an interest in running the franchise." Collins is chairman of Coco Group, formed after the sale of Sykes Group, "which specialises in private equity investment in a diverse number of retail and industrial businesses" (SMH, 7/2). 

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