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    ARU takes historic step after members vote to adopt constitutional change

    Australian Rugby Union has ushered in historic Constitutional changes at a General Meeting in Sydney today.

    Members voted to adopt a new Governance model following recommendations from the Strengthening the Governance of Australian Rugby (the Arbib Review), which was released in October this year.

    Following an 8 month process, Members gathered at ARU Headquarters in St Leonards to vote on the recommended structure.

    The proposal secured the required 75 per cent support and will lead to Australian Rugby establishing an independent corporate governance structure.

    The Constitutional changes take on board the recommendations from the Arbib Review and will see the creation of an Independent Board of Directors and changes to the Membership of ARU to better reflect the Rugby Union community across Australia, both amateur and professional.

    Adoption of the new Constitutional changes rebalances the voting entitlements of Members and will assist in promoting a Governance structure, working independently in the best interests of Rugby Union across Australia.

    The new structure will result in an increase in voting numbers from 14 to 16, with States, Territories, Super Rugby bodies and the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) to receive the following allocations:

    NSW 3 (1 for Member Union Status, 1 for Super Rugby Team and 1 for more than 50,000 participants)
    QUEENSLAND 3 (1 for Member Union Status, 1 for Super Rugby Team and 1 for more than 50,000 participants)
    WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
    VICTORIA 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
    ACT & SOUTHERN NSW 2 (1 for Member Union Status and 1 for Super Rugby Team)
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
    NOTHERN TERRITORY 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
    TASMANIA 1 (1 for Member Union Status)
    RUGBY UNION PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (RUPA) 1

    Previously the voting structure made no allowance for Super Rugby bodies or RUPA with the 14 votes split along the following lines:

    NSW Rugby Union 5
    Queensland Rugby Union 3
    Other State and Territory Member Unions 1 each

    Under the new Constitution each State and Territory has the opportunity to secure an additional vote should they – like NSW and Queensland – surpass 50,000 registered players in their region.

    ARU President, Ron Graham and ARU Chairman, Michael Hawker AM, thanked members for their support and contributions to the debate.

    “Today marks an historic occasion for Australian Rugby, an occasion that would not have been possible without the combined efforts and commitment of all our Members to work together,” Mr Graham said.

    “Over the past number of weeks we have undertaken a process of consultation. 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.”

    The new Constitution takes effect immediately.

    Over the coming months a four-member independent nominations committee will be established to recommend independent directors for election to the ARU Board.

    Existing directors will serve out their terms. However, they will have the right to be considered for nomination as an independent candidate for re-election, by the newly elected Nominations Committee.

    http://www.rugby.com.au/News/NewsArt...4/Default.aspx

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    How many participants are there currently in WA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    How many participants are there currently in WA?
    Just beat me to it. I checked the RugbyWA website but couldn't find anything

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    coz Stone Cold says so

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    How many participants are there currently in WA?
    8000

    http://www.westernforce.com.au/NewsE...5/Default.aspx

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    Considering NSW has what, 5 times our population, using and arbitrary figure of 50000 knowing we could never match it ever is a bit rich. Its hilarious this proposal coming from a federal politician and a SENATOR at that - where the senate is specifically designed to overcome the tyranny of "population control" of process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Considering NSW has what, 5 times our population, using and arbitrary figure of 50000 knowing we could never match it ever is a bit rich. Its hilarious this proposal coming from a federal politician and a SENATOR at that - where the senate is specifically designed to overcome the tyranny of "population control" of process.
    And when will taste get their 50k? Half past never!

    However. NSWRU and the QRU have less of a death grip now so it can't be all bad
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    the issue atm is that that to pass a motion you require 75% of the vote to get it past so if NSW didnt like something they could just veto the vote now they cant so maybe we will see some more Australian wide benefits coming out of the ARU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Considering NSW has what, 5 times our population, using and arbitrary figure of 50000 knowing we could never match it ever is a bit rich. Its hilarious this proposal coming from a federal politician and a SENATOR at that - where the senate is specifically designed to overcome the tyranny of "population control" of process.
    I am assuming the count is per the ARU Annual Reports, which in 2011 had:

    NSWRU
    18836 Seniors
    20458 Juniors
    18047 Schools (1)
    43808 Schools (2)
    541 Women
    => 101690 total

    QRU
    9968 Seniors
    15202 Juniors
    19400 Schools (1)
    31123 Schools (2)
    340 Women
    => 76033 total

    ACTRU & SNSWRU
    2955 Seniors
    4269 Juniors
    1100 Schools (1)
    16204 Schools (2)
    108 Women
    => 24636 total

    RWA
    3273 Seniors
    3705 Juniors
    2584 Schools (1)
    11154 Schools (2)
    147 Women
    => 20863 total

    Now, what is interesting about that is that the QRU would come up short of the 50,000 without the Schools (2) numbers, defined as "irregular rugby - schools who competed in one off gala days, knock-out competitions or the like" and includes both primary and secondary. There would seem to be all manner of scope for generating some pretty spectacular growth in that category, so I'd expect the criteria will get changed pretty quick to something like 30-40k without them.

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    ok - so what constitutes Participation in Rugby?

    Playing?
    Membership?
    Membership at local or junior level?
    Committee/Elected Official at local or junior level.

    Would be very interesting if we could find this out, and encourage all of TWF to get involved at that level, its a pipe dream but would be nice to have the same voting rights as NSW and QLD.

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    RugbyWA needs to get the AFL Auskick calculator out to get some extra numbers

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    The development team at Rugby WA has been working their butts off all year with school camps and visits boht in the Metro area and regionally inc Broome, Pt Headland etc. For a team of Three to hit 11,000 kids in a year is bloody marvelous. Not sure how much more a small team like this can do.

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    Where the players are:

    NSW 37.43%
    QLD 37.29%
    ACT 8.97%
    WA 6.41%
    VIC 5.89%
    SA 3.03%
    NT 0.70%
    TAS 0.29%

    http://rugby.com.au/News/NewsArticle...8/Default.aspx

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    Yeah, but Qld had floods that year and washed some of their numbers away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    ok - so what constitutes Participation in Rugby?

    Playing?
    Membership?
    Membership at local or junior level?
    Committee/Elected Official at local or junior level.

    Would be very interesting if we could find this out, and encourage all of TWF to get involved at that level, its a pipe dream but would be nice to have the same voting rights as NSW and QLD.
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