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Australian Schools Rugby News : April 2009
However we have been forced to evaluate all of our programmes and set clear priorities as a result of the reduction of $100,000 in our grant from the ARU. Given this, we have been treated as well as might have been hoped by the ARU – who have been forced to make some very heavy decisions to try to ensure that Rugby remains viable through these times. In addition we have lost sponsorship totalling over $70,000, further adding to the financial pressures for us in 2009. We have adopted as priorities the maintenance of the Australian Teams programmes and the holding of the we would be forced to look very closely at our sustainability and to re-examine our priorities on a more long-term basis. We are, like many others, deeply concerned about the future with anxiety about what 2010 might bring for us if the predictions for 2009 are accurate. OVERALL Whilst the above have grabbed the headlines for us, 2008 saw the continuation of the efforts of many people at many levels to make Australian Schools Rugby “happen”. The parents, teachers, other volunteers who give of their time deserve our notice and gratitude – the vast number who quietly and without fuss or bother do all those things for the benefit of the boys playing the game. The ARU continue to be our main support – both fi nancially and with people and other resources – our working relationship with the ARU continues to be excellent. We have appreciated the support and understanding of ARU offi cials and Board Members, and in particular that of the CEO and General Manager – John O’Neill. It is this that has made the Australian Schools Rugby Union as successful as it is – reminding ourselves all the time – that it is entirely about the boys – the players. CLASSIC WALLABIES LUNCHEON TO SUPPORT AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS UK TOUR Championships – albeit with significant changes in how these are done and in what is provided for them. For example, the Teams in the Division I Championships will not live in this year, but will have to be billeted. The Australian Teams will also have billeting when they are preparing to play Tonga and NZ in Australia. We have also suspended a range of programmes and activities that, whilst highly desirable – especially for development – are not essential in 2009 for the maintenance of the priorities as indicated above. This is all “pain”, but at this stage, to use a medical analogy, not life threatening. If this were to continue for, say, more than two years, 4 SCHOOLBOYS UK TOUR Friday June 5th, 12.30pm PORT AUSTRALIAN All Seasons Hotel, George St Sydney ¦ The day before the Wallabies v Barbarians game at the SFS ¦ Will feature Wallabies and Barbarian players – with famous Classic Wallabies as MCs and interviewers ¦ Will feature – Kerry O’Keefe, Chris Handy, Stuart McDougall ¦ Tickets – $150 each All proceeds to support the Australian Schoolboys Tour of the UK and Ireland in December this year. These tours have taken place every four years since 1973. FOR TICKETS OR TABLES – CONTACT: Mrs Audrey Coupe email: email@example.com ph: 0411 134 166 CLASSIC WALLABIES LUNCHEON TO SUP