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SBD Global/June 19, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Rugby Union CEO Claims He Will Resign If Necessary

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said that he will "resign immediately" from his position at Tuesday's emergency general meeting "if everyone in the room agrees he is no longer the right man for the job," according to Tom Decent of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. But Pulver "questioned whether an EGM is really necessary," labeling one of the resolutions put forward as "nonsense" and adding that if people wanted him gone, "there were other ways to go about it." Pressure has been mounting on Pulver and the ARU following the announcement in April that a Super Rugby team would be cut, saying at the time that a decision would be made within 72 hours. By Tuesday, "it will be exactly 72 days since it became clear an Australian team would be folded." It is this uncertainty that has "angered clubs, administrators and fans alike." Regarding his position as CEO, Pulver said that "he would step down if necessary and revealed, in any event, this would be his last job in sports administration." He said, "If everyone in the room stood up on Tuesday and said, 'Bill, we think it's time for change now,' I will step down immediately. It's not an issue of anyone having to push me out. ... I will do one sports administration job in my life and it's this one" (SMH, 6/19).
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