Former chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union John O’Neill has called for an independent review into all aspects of the game.
- The former chairman of the Australian Rugby Union says all aspects of the game need an “independent, no conflict” review
- His call has been backed by the chairman of a technical advisory committee into rugby
- Rugby Australia says it does not need any more reviews
O’Neill’s call comes in the wake of the Wallabies 40-6 thrashing by Wales at the Rugby World Cup and ahead of what is most likely the Wallabies’ last World Cup game against Portugal on Monday morning (AEDT).
“The truth is Australian rugby has got a major systemic problem and it’s been coming for a while,” O’Neill told ABC Sport.
“Essentially we’re on life support now,” he said.
He said Rugby Australia (RA) needs to set up a review into the game.
“It has to be independent, no conflict, no self-interest,” he said.
“My own language on this is that Rome has been burning for quite some time…