Australian rugby squad seems to be quite a disgraceful state even when they are just ten months away from upcoming Rugby world Cup 2015.
The Wallabies seem to be pacing backwards only at momentous rate and the team just experienced their worst possible European Tour championship in almost 10 years, having accomplished no more than a single victory out of 4. Back home, the situation is even weaker as what is discovered from the recent meet between head honchos of Aussie Rugby Union (Bill Pulver & Michael Hawker) and representatives of Sydney Rugby Union Board, New South Wales Country & Shute Shield Club of Sydney. Hawker & Pulver cast a terribly morbid view on the finances of Aussie Rugby during the 2-hour meet and even warned of bankruptcy concerns by 2016.
A fair share of sources who gathered at the meet remarked that head honchos mentioned about the bankruptcy threat at least 10-12 times throughout the meeting. They also emphasized on the significance of sharing the pain & responsibility evenly by everybody across the Aussie rugby community.
At SRU’s instigation, Hawker & Pulver, who for several months were under severe criticism for their inefficient administration of Australian rugby, attended the meet to garner backup for their scheme that called the grassroots to come up with revenue through player levy. But the very ARU plea did not work. In fact, the meet was said that ARU is about to face terrible “economic disaster” by 2016 in case the clubs didn’t extend backing for the national funding program.
According to the proposed fiscal model from ARU, each of the rugby players in the Australian team would have to submit individual registration subscription & insurance levy. The Union have even decided on the fee structure to be followed for each level of players.