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RugbyU: Fallen star O'Connor turns back on Australia

Fallen Wallaby James O'Connor on Wednesday said he plans to play in England and not take up a Super Rugby contract with Perth-based Western Force. O'Connor, one of the sport's top talents, was dumped from the national team in September and had his contract torn up by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) earlier this month for repeated discipline breaches. These culminated in the player being preventing from taking a flight because he was allegedly drunk, hours after Australia beat Argentina in a Rugby Championship match in Perth.

RugbyU: Fallen star O'Connor turns back on Australia

Fallen Wallaby James O'Connor on Wednesday turned his back on Australia, announcing he plans to play in Europe and not take up a Super Rugby contract with Perth-based Western Force. O'Connor, one of the sport's top talents, was dumped from the national team in September and had his contract torn up by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) earlier this month for repeated discipline breaches. These culminated in the player being preventing from taking a flight because he was allegedly drunk, hours after Australia beat Argentina in a Rugby Championship match in Perth.

RugbyU: Wallabies tear up O'Connor contract

Controversial winger James O'Connor was Thursday released from his Wallabies contract after a series of off-field incidents, capping a dramatic fall from grace for one of Australia's top talents. The 23-year-old was dumped from the Australian team last month after he was prevented from taking a flight because he was allegedly drunk, hours after Australia beat Argentina in a Rugby Championship match in Perth.

RugbyU: Police eject 'drunk' Wallaby star from airport

Australia winger James O'Connor was embroiled in more controversy Thursday after reportedly being prevented from taking a flight because he was intoxicated. In the latest in a string of incidents involving the Wallaby star, the Australian Rugby Union said it was investigating what happened at Perth International airport early Sunday. "While ARU had not received any formal notification, complaints or reports from police, airline or security officials, ARU began an investigation into the alleged incident," a statement said. "The investigation is ongoing."

RugbyU: Australian Rugby posts large deficit

The Australian Rugby Union on Monday unveiled another large deficit but forecast a turnaround in the 2013 financial year due to the blockbuster British and Irish Lions tour. The ARU announced a net deficit for last year of Aus$8.3 million ($8.5 million) -- a Aus$2.3 million ($2.3 million) improvement over the previous 2011 accounts at their annual general meeting. While total revenues were up Aus$21 million from the World Cup year in 2011, when the ARU recorded a Aus$10.6 million loss, gross expenditure also increased to Aus$100.3 million.

Rugby-Businessman Pulver new Australia Rugby Union chief

SYDNEY, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Wealthy businessman Bill Pulver was named as the new chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on Wednesday and said his goal was to help the Wallabies become the number one team in the world again. He replaces John O'Neill, who was responsible for the successful organisation of the 2003 Rugby World Cup and stood down early from his second term as chief executive last October.
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