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    Another thing Willy said was that only WA was complaning about the Force being cut which is not true at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Nice one Jules
    It wasn't referred to as a "spread sheet"...now it's referred to according to Willy as the Score CArd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perth Girl View Post
    Another thing Willy said was that only WA was complaning about the Force being cut which is not true at all
    Do these muppets not watch the news, look at rugby websites? They have been criticised from east to west over this farce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Do these muppets not watch the news, look at rugby websites? They have been criticised from east to west over this farce!
    And overseas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perth Girl View Post
    Another thing Willy said was that only WA was complaning about the Force being cut which is not true at all
    That would have infuriated my new favourite senator even more.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Do these muppets not watch the news, look at rugby websites? They have been criticised from east to west over this farce!
    No, they have personal assistants to filter the news for them...and "networking opportunities" to attend. Why do something for yourself when you can use 'plausible deniability' as an excuse to be shit at your (one) job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perth Girl View Post
    Another thing Willy said was that only WA was complaning about the Force being cut which is not true at all
    Aside from the fact he is wrong but NO SHIT. lets be honest if the tahs were cut it would only be NSW who complained and even then only a certain percentage

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    I would object, they are our bunnies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perth Girl View Post
    Another thing Willy said was that only WA was complaning about the Force being cut which is not true at all
    Excuse me? He is surprised that ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC are not complaining because they have kept their SR teams and can go to SR matches in 2018?

    Next he'll be claiming what a wonderful thing it is that the ARU has done for the Western Force and the WA rugby community, by letting us take one for the team so that the other four states continue to have SR teams to support.

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    http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2017/09...senate-inquiry

    Pulver faces Senate inquiry

    by Sam Phillips
    ARU CEO Bill Pulver has faced a two pronged attack in the opening two hours of the WA Senate inquiry into the axing of the Western Force.

    WA Senator Linda Reynolds was leading the line of questioning, which focused on the impact cutting the Force would have in providing financial aid to grassroots rugby, as well as the terms of the deal which was struck between the ARU and the Melbourne Rebels.

    The final hour of Wednesday's debate focused on the latter, with Pulver refusing to budge on confidential agreements with several parties when Senator Reynolds tried to pry details of the reasoning behind waiving $13 million in loans provided to the Melbourne based franchise.

    Those loans were waived when Andrew Cox's Imperium Sports Management purchased the Rebels in June 2015.

    Pulver responded to queries about transparency regarding the financial relationship with the Victorian Government by pointing out every contract the ARU had signed with the Western Australian Government was stamped "confidential".


    2 pronged attack? What did they think was going to happen?

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    http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2017/09...senate-inquiry

    Sinderberry, Howarth question culling process in Senate

    by Sam Phillips

    RugbyWA chairman Tony Howarth and former Rugby WA CEO Mark Sinderberry have questioned the legitimacy of the ARU's process in culling the force.

    Speaking at a WA Senate inquiry, Howarth and Sindeberry were questioned by Senator Linda Reynolds, shortly after ARU CEO Bill Pulver had faced questioning.

    The majority of the discussion focused on the confidentiality of the alliance agreement between RugbyWA and the ARU.

    Pulver had refused to discuss the matter, citing commercial confidence, but Sinderberry, who finished up at the Force last week, raised the point which was revealed a fortnight ago - that VRU president Tim North was handed a copy of the agreement while discussions were being held to buy back the Rebels from Imperium Sports Group.

    "Tim North said to me that there were three people in the room - the most senior person was Bill Pulver, the in house counsel, and the other person was Rob Clarke, the COO," Sinderberry said.

    "The first two have denied, absolutely, giving him the document.

    "The Rebels were told that they weren't at all at risk."

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewM View Post
    Mark said at the start of his statement that he cannot criticize or comment negatively on the ARU as part of his termination agreement, but jeez he's pushing the line!
    the Senator advised Mark he is covered by parliamentary privilege and if he doesn't he could get into trouble and Mark replied that is good enough for him ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    "The hearing is being held in Perth where disgruntled Force fans spoke to Pulver before he faced questioning by a committee consisting of three West Australian senators."
    I was one of those... and let him know we were looking forward to the truth being exposed..

    It was worth getting the morning off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hertryk View Post
    I was one of those... and let him know we were looking forward to the truth being exposed..
    Was he receptive to your suggestions?

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