The $1.2 million debt incurred by the Otago Rugby Football Union when it sold Carisbrook more than two years ago is now weighing heavily on union finances, board deputy chairman Laurie Mains says.
As the Otago Rugby Football Union continues to struggle to balance its books, rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at how it got there and finds it is not alone.
Doom and gloom in sport used to refer to Rugby World Cup droughts, or being bowled out for 26. Now it is more likely to refer to balance sheets and bad debts. Beginning our series examining the state of professional sport, sports editor Hayden Meikle gives an overview of the issues to debate.
The professional rugby era has not been kind to New Zealand.
A "premature" press release from the Otago Rugby Football Union is behind controversy and "conspiracy theories" about Dunedin Venues Management Ltd's dalliance with the business of running rugby, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says.
The Otago Rugby Football Union will drop from a high of 36 staff in 2006 to a small core group next year, and move from Carisbrook to an office at Forsyth Barr Stadium, as its non-rugby responsibilities go to Dunedin Venues Management Ltd.
The Otago Rugby Football Union still has much prestige and this was demonstrated by the number of applications received for the top job.
Tony Brown and Phil Young were finally named as Otago coaches yesterday.
The naming of the new coaches for the Otago team is becoming more drawn out than a Kardashian wedding.
A rugby manager is being sought by the Otago Rugby Football Union as the union streamlines its staff to almost a third of what it employed five years ago.
The decision to build a temporary stadium in Christchurch effectively meant a bid by the Otago Rugby Football Union to get Ireland to play a test in Dunedin next year never gained traction, ORFU general manager Richard Reid said yesterday.
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A restructuring of the Otago Rugby Football Union appears likely to involve job losses but is seen as necessary for the union's survival.
Going back to a full 14-team domestic competition firstly has to be affordable, Otago Rugby Football Union general manager Richard Reid says.
One of Dunedin's largest recipients of pokie grants has declined an invitation to a community meeting on ethical funding.
Otago spent more than $1.4 million on players last year but was the union which spent the least, considering what it could have.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew admits he is concerned about the low ticket sales for the test at Carisbrook next week but says the union will break even on the game.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has begun negotiations to move its offices to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, as the Dunedin City Council prepares to sell Carisbrook.
Otago Rugby Football Union chairman Wayne Graham is unhappy about a suggested new Highlanders jersey, saying it goes against tradition and risks the future of the franchise in the South.
The Otago Rugby Football Union will not be following the lead of its Auckland counterpart and imposing scores on schoolboy games.