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Thread: Arbitration hearing - Western Force v ARU - 31.07.2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    B&B; with Kerry Stokes now on board OTF do you think maybe you signature needs a little editing?
    I shall work on this. Does need an update....


    edit: How about this movie reference one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    I shall work on this. Does need an update....


    edit: How about this movie reference one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Kerry Stokes has now come in to back the Force, Yay! The powers that be are coming out to support! Twiggy's been pulling some strings! Thank you god!
    With a second billionaire on board we can just about afford the QC for court next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallabydarnd View Post
    With a second billionaire on board we can just about afford the QC for court next week!
    Can you point me in the direction of the story on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Can you point me in the direction of the story on this?
    http://nedlandsrugby.com.au/2017/08/...er-rugby-saga/

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Reading that article suggests he is supportive but not on board as such

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    All we need now is Gina to "Get on Board"
    Yeah we could get a whole new roster of 457 visa holders on $12 an hour. Bargain.

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    I'd be happy to see 7mate start doing some local games on TV like they are doing Shute Shield.

    maybe that will keep the brand running and would be a solid contributor to grassroots

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    See below a letter by Mitch Hardy to the ARU board.
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    To the Board of the Australian rugby Union


    through John Eales


    It is with regret and sadness I have to sit here and actually write this
    letter. Twelve years ago my family and I packed our things and we moved
    to Perth . Back then it was to work for RugbyWA and help in the running
    of their local competition, develop community programs, get rugby into
    schools, club and volunteer management plans and kick start the RugbyWA
    academy. There was already a thriving rugby community here and with the
    onset of the western force and its launch in 2005 over the last 12 years
    has seen the game flourish , expand and grow. I was lucky enough to
    have 7 good years working for the WA rugby community as an
    administrator, volunteer, coach, referee, high performance leader and
    assisted in building this game we all care about into something everyone
    was proud of. Since leaving RugbyWA i have continued to support rugby
    via coaching , refereeing and volunteering on committees. My sons have
    both played since they were 5 and both have represented WA in rugby.
    This their home and they both aspire to represent their state and
    possibly play for the Western Force. This has been taken away by those
    that only look at numbers not the game.


    I have always been a servant to the game and those that know me
    understand what I am about. I played until I wasn't able to play
    retiring at the age of 42 . I have played junior club rugby , Sydney
    club rugby, state rugby , super rugby ,for the Wallabies and back to
    Sydney club back to Perth club and so on all the while living the true
    spirit and values rugby represents.


    I have coached many talented young players across this time and shared
    stories and great memories with many stalwarts of the game including
    Geoff Stooke whom I admire greatly for his attitude towards the game.


    My proudest moment was playing for Australia and being able to share the
    same turf with absolute legends of the game like yourself all of whom I
    respect and admire . I tell my kids all the time about the great players
    and what they could do on the field and how they carried themselves in
    victory and defeat. It is rare to see these attributes these days , but
    there are glimpses. Richard Hardwick is a great example of one who
    inspires young players. WA needs these champions as part of the process
    to engage kids . WA needs the Western Force and it what it stands for.


    I am gutted to say the least at the way the WA rugby community have been
    treated. The board of the ARU are not there for the Wallabies they are
    there for Rugby and I have to say you have let the game and yourselves
    down. You have let me down as a long standing supporter and advocate for
    the game.


    I and many others worked tirelessly for the game over here, clubs ,
    teachers in schools , volunteers and staff at RugbyWA have worked only
    to be delivered a killer message and for you to stand by and let this
    happens begs disbelief that people I know and respect have not fought
    for the game around the board table.


    This won't end with a press conference it will drag on for a long time
    and the game will be destroyed from within, it will cost millions of
    dollars. Sydney club rugby and Brisbane club rugby will probably survive
    and the rest will be left to wither and die a slow painful death.


    This is the blackest day for rugby I can ever recall and those in other
    sports are laughing at us in disgust and bewilderment. You have all
    stood a party to this. You underestimate the passion and support for the
    game here in WA. Do you really want the ARU tarnished with this brush of
    hatred and disgust ?


    I am astounded at the lack of empathy for the game in WA and the lack of
    any respect towards the WA rugby community and to hear that the game
    will be ok with no solution or package offered concerns me greatly .
    Where is the funding package that will be in place for the next 3 years
    to get the game to 2020?What is the community structure / staff
    structure pathways programs financial support that will assist in the
    game here? What work has been done on this by the staff at the ARU and
    the board ? Nothing has been forthcoming throughout this whole process
    as to the future, no vision has been shared or communicated!


    The silence by those that sit on the board and the lack of engagement is
    disrespectful to say the least. The board needs to get back on the front
    foot with this issue and deliver something to the WA community that is
    tangible.


    I understand the Western Force has not financially performed but RugbyWA
    has done more for the game in a short period of time than anyone one of
    you could have achieved or dreamed of . You have turned your back on the
    game itself. Think about that for a moment .


    What happens next is important for us all. I urge you to work with staff
    at ARU and RugbyWA levels to ensure there ARE truly strong pathway
    programs in place , there IS support for community rugby at development
    and competition level, the Western Force IS reinstated and we ALL work
    towards a common vision for Australian Rugby.


    I am here, there are good people here prepared to work hard for the
    game. I suggest you do the same and give some thought and purpose to the
    "what next" part of your role .


    I am a supporter of the game and will always be but it is wearing very
    thin at the moment. If you are close to losing a person like myself how
    many others have you already lost and how many more will you lose in the
    future.


    Yours in rugby


    Mitch Hardy
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    I'm very, very sorry to see yourself and many other true servants of the Spirit of Rugby feeling this way. Hopefully you will at least get a response other than Mr Eales & Co's auto-replies that everyone else are getting. These people didn't even dignify the Premier of the state with a response.

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    Thanks Mitch, you captured the distraught feelings of many WA rugby people very well

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    So who was the party from the Force / RugbyWA that actually signed off on the alliance agreement with clause that the Force was guaranteed a license until the end of the current broadcast agreement?
    Why would they not ensure this was left with no ambiguity and changed to December 31, 2020?

    If it was Mark Sinderberry, then it seems a little suspicious that he is now in the running for the ARU CEO position (and if he doesn't get that will probably have some place in the ARU), and has been agreeing with the reduction to 4 teams throughout the process.
    Sorry if I'm completely wrong here and tarnishing a good man's name. Just saying what it looks like to me from the outside.

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    Judging how angry/emotional he looked and sounded when the arbitrator's ruling was announced I would be very surprised if that was the case chiraag.

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