Force want chair­man of the ARU to re­sign

The West Australian - - SPORT - Nick Tay­lor

“What re­ally frus­trates me is when Cameron comes out and says it’s all about player wel­fare.”

West­ern Force’s chief ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer cap­tain have joined the Su­per Rugby club’s bil­lion­aire backer An­drew For­rest in calling for the res­ig­na­tion of Aus­tralian Rugby Union chair­man Cameron Clyne.

The min­ing mag­nate made the call when he launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on Clyne over the rea­sons be­hind ax­ing the club.

For­rest has ob­tained a copy of le­gal ad­vice to the ARU board from Fe­bru­ary — two months be­fore the an­nounce­ment that ei­ther the Force or Rebels would be cut — that says the risk of cut­ting the club was low but the le­gal risk of cut­ting the Brumbies or the Rebels was high. For­mer West­ern Force cap­tain

“I ask you to re­sign Mr Cameron Clyne,” For­rest said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Sin­der­berry said Clyne had no choice but to step down.

“Rugby has got to move for­ward. The only way it can move for­ward is for that to oc­cur,” Sin­der­berry said.

“We can all move for­ward and re­build the game. That’s what we are all ask­ing for. There’s a huge sense of dis­ap­point­ment.”

Foun­da­tion player Matt Hodgson, who re­tired at the end of last sea­son, said: “Yes 100 per cent,” when asked if Clyne should re­sign. “That de­ci­sion should be clear cut. When this whole process started, that’s when he should have stood down.

“The board, the chair­man, the CEO are meant to lead our game to great­ness.

“For them to con­duct the game in this way is dis­ap­point­ing.”

Hodgson said he felt be­trayed by the process.

“What re­ally frus­trates me is when Cameron comes out and says it’s all about player wel­fare,” Hodgson said.

“He has not lived this 120 days with the play­ers, with the staff and fam­i­lies. I’d like Cameron to live those 120 days with me.”

The ARU re­jected For­rest’s claim that its process was a “cha­rade” and that a de­ci­sion was made in Fe­bru­ary.

“An­drew re­ferred to a doc­u­ment which in­di­cated that a de­ci­sion had been made to re­move the West­ern Force in Fe­bru­ary,” Clyne said.

“I can only as­sume that An­drew has been pro­vided with a doc­u­ment that con­tains some of the anal­y­sis that was un­der­taken by ARU man­age­ment at the re­quest of the board.

“One of the key is­sues we as­sessed was the le­gal risks as­so­ci­ated with any de­ci­sion to exit one of those teams.”

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