Rugby Australia he modifies his model and will go on to centralize all the decisions of professional rugby. It is the biggest change in that country and imitates other unions such as New Zealand and Ireland.
After years of being stalled by bureaucracy and political factions, the governing body has managed to convince states of the need to become “more agile and more petty.”
Rugby Australia will follow the lead of the Irish Rugby Football Union and New Zealand Rugby, which for years have operated under centralized programs. But Rugby Australia’s own centralized program will be unique in the two aforementioned nations.
Rugby Australia will be involved in all appointments of Head Coaches, coaches and fitness trainers, player hires and will have greater control over sponsorship and finances.
The Australian union also wants to ensure that players go to other Australian franchises rather than accept overseas contracts if relations with their teams deteriorate.
Rugby Australia President Hamish McLennan is the driving force behind the centralized model: “For the good of the game, we are absolutely committed to doing so.”