New structure adopted for Australian rugby

Last updated 16:31 10/12/2012

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The Australian Rugby Union has adopted a new independent governance model after voting for constitutional change today.

Following in the footsteps of the AFL and NRL, an independent board of directors will be appointed as part of recommendations being implemented from the Arbib Review of the sport.

Over coming months a four-member independent nominations committee will be established to recommended new directors for election.

Existing directors will serve out their terms before moving on, but will have the right to be considered again as independent nominees.

The new system will give voice to Super Rugby franchises and distribute votes more evenly across states, territories and also to the Rugby Union Players Association.

Voting numbers have increased from 14 to 16 and each State and Territory has the opportunity to secure an additional vote should  they join NSW and Queensland in passing 50,000 registered players in their region.

The required 75 per cent of members voted on Monday to adopt a new government model following recommendations from the Strengthening the Governance of Australian Rugby (the Arbib Review), which was released in October.

‘‘Today marks an historic occasion for Australian rugby,’’ said ARU president Ron Graham.

‘‘We have listened to our members and worked with them to get to where we are today.

‘‘I am proud that the decision has been made to take the game to the next level and officially move to having an independent corporate governance structure.’’

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