Force want chairman of the ARU to resign
“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.”