Francis Burke banned by ARU

The Australian Rugby Union have banned Sunshine Coast Stingrays player and coach, Francis Burke, for four years for the possession and attempted trafficking of growth hormone releasing peptide-6. The ban has been upheld by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), who were originally alerted to a suspect package by customs in Sydney on November 28 … [Read the full story]

Players MUST settle franchise before ARU top-up

The negotiating process for Australia’s top rugby stars has been turned on its head with a new edict stipulating that each player must first settle their franchise deal before they receive an ARU top-up. Wallabies who are ranked among the top 32 players in the country will be eligible for top-ups, but their franchises will … [Read the full story]

Sharpe words from Nathan

Western Force forwards coach Nick Stiles has been left shocked by Nathan Sharpe and his Australian Rugby Union snub, saying the Wallabies main-stay deserved better considering he’s still one of the world’s best locks. Sharpe, who is keen to stay on at the Force next season, has not been offered a Wallabies contract top-up for next … [Read the full story]

Major stakeholders unhappy with John O’Neills re-contract

The most significant appointment in Australian rugby in the last three years, the re-contracting of John O’Neill as chief executive officer of the ARU, was greeted by a deafening silence from the game’s major stakeholders on Monday. Senior officials of the New South Wales, Queensland, Victorian and West Australian rugby unions all declined to comment … [Read the full story]

Wallabies secure Mitchell and Alexander

The Australian Rugby Union continues to dominate its war with French rugby after securing the services of key duo Drew Mitchell and Ben Alexander until the end of 2013. The pair’s decision to reject lucrative offers to play club rugby in France lifts the number of Wallabies that have re-signed to four in five days … [Read the full story]

ARU confident Quade Cooper will stay

ARU boss John O’Neill is adamant he won’t pay ‘crazy money’ for Quade Cooper, but remains confident the star five-eighth will stay with the 15-man game. The stakes were raised in the battle for Cooper’s services when his manager Richard Colreavy met NRL officials on Monday in the wake of interest from league clubs Parramatta … [Read the full story]