NSWRU has taken steps to bring the NSW RU and Waratahs Inc together to create a “whole of game” approach with four board members, including chief executive Andrew Hore and chairman Roger Davis, sitting on both boards.
Take it away Andrew Hore:
“The dysfunction came with the Chinese wall between the two entities,” “The head and the heart had lost one another.
“We have a new structure. No longer are we two separate entities. The Waratahs used to be masquerading almost as a rugby league club."
“We have two boards with four directors who move from board to board. There are six on each board and four that move from board to board."
“There are advantages in that because what it does is it means the community game gets a strong voice and the professional game gets a strong voice and four people moving between the two can ensure that there is a harmony there."
“That said, is it what we would like in an ideal world? No, but we are not just going to charge in to more governance reform unless its right.”
“The Waratahs have their objectives for the season, but we are one,” “The Waratahs are the flagship. They’re not the fleet, they are the flagship. Instead of talking about them separately now, they are one of the fleet, an important part of the fleet, no doubt about it, but they are the flagship.
“NSW is dependent on the success of the Waratahs and community rugby. There is a danger when you separate the Super clubs from the states that you can lose age old values and principles that rugby was built upon. The Waratahs Pty Ltd will still operate the Super Rugby franchise and pay the NSWRU an annual $1.1m licensing fee at least for the foreseeable future."
“At this stage it will remain, but the general feeling is for the time being the key thing is we keep putting money into community rugby,”
“It’s got to be far more collaborative."
“Instead of having one major building of NSWRU, maybe break it up so we have representation around the state in different hubs."
“We have to grow up and lead this state and help the people below. Hopefully, that leads the national body (ARU) to have faith in us to give us that autonomy to deliver the outcomes they need as well.”
“It was quite telling last week when the NRL CEO said what the NRL clubs need to understand is they are just one part of the whole puzzle.”
“Sometimes you can get too focused on just one layer of the game. What I’m seeing in the NRL is how damaging that can be."
“If you look at rugby traditionally, it has moved like a whole series of bubbles. Super Rugby has moved in its own bubble, Shute Shield has done its own thing.
“Hopefully, we can bring these bubbles into alignment. Everyone talks about the difference between New Zealand and Australia and keep looking at the elite end. It’s actually not the elite end. It’s the alignment of the sport underneath that that comes through as one.”