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    Players' union says ARU restriction is a breach of anti-collusion clause in agreement

    Players' union says ARU restriction is a breach of anti-collusion clause in agreement






    THE ARU's restriction on Super 15 expansion franchise Melbourne Rebels' recruitment of Australian-based players is in breach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to the players' union.

    Under the recruitment protocol introduced by the ARU to avert another Western Force-like poaching frenzy, the Rebels and the four existing Super rugby franchises -- Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and Force -- cannot sign each other's players until June 1.
    The Rugby Union Players Union has argued that the ARU's action, which is supported by the existing four teams, is in breach of an anti-collusion clause in the CBA, which is designed to prevent unions from entering agreements with each other to deny free market forces in player recruitment.
    While the Rebels have threatened to take legal action against the ARU over the issue, RUPA is seeking a compromise solution.
    "We believe the ARU's interpretation of the CBA on this issue is incorrect," acting RUPA chief executive Omar Hassanein said.


    "Obviously, players would like to operate in a free-market environment. That's our stance."
    Hassanein said RUPA would prefer the ARU lifted the restriction completely, but the union was prepared to negotiate.
    A potential compromise could involve bringing forward the recruitment time frame from June 1 to April 1, which is when the Rebels are free to sign state academy players and Australian sevens representatives.
    "We are trying to work with the ARU collaboratively to see if we can come to some resolution without looking to take things legally or some other knee-jerk reaction," Hassanein said.
    "There are a number of different stakeholders with different views and interests.
    "There are Melbourne's interests, the existing states' interests and the players' interests.
    "I'm confident of a resolution. We have proposed a compromise. That's what we are hoping for."
    When asked if the ARU was open to compromise on the issue, a spokesman said: "RUPA are entitled to their views and opinions. The ARU will always act in the interests of Australian rugby as a whole."
    The Rebels argue the restriction has placed them at a disadvantage to the other four teams, who are permitted to re-sign their own players before June 1.
    There are five Wallabies on top of the Rebels' hit list: Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock, David Pocock and Benn Robinson.
    They hope the signing of these players will help attract other stars.
    Mortlock is believed to be close to agreeing to play for the Rebels on a three-year contract, but there is a chance he will go overseas.
    The Rebels, however, are believed to be bullish about their chances of securing Pocock.
    But a financial imperative is also believed to be driving the Rebels' desire to see the June 1 restriction lifted.
    An informed source told The Australian yesterday the Rebels had spent twice as much on coaching and management staff as originally estimated.
    It is believed the new franchise, headed by Harold Mitchell, is seeking an extra $6m to $7m in private equity.
    But potential investors are waiting to see what kind of team the Rebels recruit before they commit to the franchise.


    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1225831960274

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    The second biggest problem in Australian rugby is the RUPA

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    Next they will be arguing for all players still on contract for next year to be available as it's not fair they haven't go the chance to sign them too...

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    interested to know if all S14 players are RUPA members (i.e. compulsory) or if RUPA is only speaking for a few...
    the rules are there to protect the franchises from being disrupted in the middle of a season as it is an unwelcome distraction for the players...

    i have a healthy distrust of any Union, they are bad for productivity and very shortsighted in the application of their muscle

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI5_Dog View Post
    The second biggest problem in Australian rugby is the RUPA
    Geez Dog, you don't leave a lot of room for the many and varied huge problems in rugby to slip into the top.

    I'd suggest the ARU, the Press, Egotistical players, John O'Neill (Solo, not as a part of the ARU), insular, Sydney Dwelling old farts and a whole bunch of other crap is fighting it out as well.

    Maybe we could have a 6 way tie for first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Geez Dog, you don't leave a lot of room for the many and varied huge problems in rugby to slip into the top.

    I'd suggest the ARU, the Press, Egotistical players, John O'Neill (Solo, not as a part of the ARU), insular, Sydney Dwelling old farts and a whole bunch of other crap is fighting it out as well.

    Maybe we could have a 6 way tie for first?
    1)ARU
    2)RUPA
    3)JON
    4)Eastern States Bias

    See it's easy

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    I'd let the Rebels announce a couple of signings at least if they can pull in any of those 5 marquee players. I mean it sounds like Mortlock is already gone and if David Pocock was going to go I'd want as much time as possible to secure a top quality replacement. Although I do hope he stays.

    Besides that I mean it'll be hard starting out for the Rebels. Harder than it was for the Force if the ARU is putting all of these restrictions in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimeric View Post
    interested to know if all S14 players are RUPA members (i.e. compulsory) or if RUPA is only speaking for a few...
    the rules are there to protect the franchises from being disrupted in the middle of a season as it is an unwelcome distraction for the players...

    i have a healthy distrust of any Union, they are bad for productivity and very shortsighted in the application of their muscle
    I'm pretty sure its not compulsory, but it does have 100% membership for full time professional players anyway.

    http://www.rupa.com.au/ArticlePage.aspx?PageID=10

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