NZ Rugby Union still holds Aussie RWC vote grudge

The New Zealand Rugby Union has reaffirmed it concerns regarding the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to not support New Zealand’s Bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011.

ARU Chairman Dilip Kumar resigned from his position at yesterday’s meeting of the ARU Board.

NZRU Chairman Jock Hobbs said: “Despite some previous media comment, our concern was that the ARU Board chose to support Japan in the RWC 2011 vote, so from that perspective, the resignation of Mr Kumar does not change our position nor alleviate our concerns about the ARU’s decision.”

Mr Hobbs said these concerns have been delivered to the ARU Board in writing. “I have written to the ARU Board through Mr Kumar outlining our concerns and the damage this decision has done to the Australia-New Zealand relationship.”

The NZRU will not be making any further comment on Mr Kumar’s resignation.

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