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Volume 7 No. 66
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ARU CEO Bill Pulver Calls Senate Inquiry Allegations 'Complete Nonsense'

Outgoing Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver "hit back at allegations" raised in Monday's final senate inquiry hearing, which suggested former Melbourne Rebels Owner Andrew Cox "siphoned millions of dollars of grant money into non-rugby interests," according to James Buckley of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. It was ARU Chair Cameron Clyne's "turn to defend the culling of the Western Force" when he faced questions in Canberra from Senator Linda Reynolds, who alleged up to A$6M of Rebels funding provided by the national body was "funnelled into Cox's various companies." Pulver "rubbished the suggestions" about the former Rebels owner, saying, "My understanding is that's complete nonsense. The funding relationship between the Australian Rugby Union and the Rebels was a confidential document. I am not aware of him siphoning money off into other businesses. Where that's coming from I have no idea" (SMH, 10/18).