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SBD Global/June 20, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

ARU CEO Bill Pulver Unlikely To Be Removed At Emergency General Meeting

Australia’s "messy Super Rugby situation" will not necessarily become any clearer at Tuesday’s emergency general meeting, but Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver is "unlikely to be a sacrificial lamb," according to the AAP. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika "stressed" on Monday that he "remained loyal" to Pulver, whose position has "come under increasing speculation and scrutiny" because of the ARU’s decision to axe an Australian Super Rugby team and its "handling of the process." More than two months have elapsed since Australian rugby’s governing body "announced a franchise would be cut." However, the ARU admitted that it still has "no definitive timeline" on when it will decide the fate of Melbourne Rebels and Western Force. Pulver, whose contract expires in February, said that "if all the voting members told him it was time for change, he would step down immediately." It is "considered highly unlikely that will happen," as the Rugby Union Players' Association stressed it is "not seeking to remove Pulver, or any member of the ARU board" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/19).
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